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SUGAR GLIDER Bush Babies Silver Proof Coin Australia 2010


The kangaroo ‘joey’ on the first Australian Bush Babies release has been a resounding success. With the second coin portraying an infant sugar glider, this stunning five-coin series gets sweeter still. Struck from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin is issued as legal tender in Australia.

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Sugar gliders can be found all throughout Northern and Eastern Australia, along with the surrounding islands of Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. They can be found in any forest where there is food supply but are commonly found in forests with eucalyptus trees. They are nocturnal, sleeping in their nests during the day and active at night. At night is when they hunt for insects and small vertebrates and feed on the sweet sap of certain species of eucalyptus, acacia and gum trees. The Sugar Glider is named for its preference for sweet foods and its ability to glide through the air, much like a flying squirrel.
When suitable habitats are present, sugar gliders can be seen 1 per 1,000 square meters provided that there are tree hollows available for shelter. They live in groups of up to seven adults, plus the current season's young, all sharing a nest and defending their territory, an example of helping at the nest. A dominant adult male will mark his territory and members of the group with saliva and a scent produced by separate glands on the forehead and chest. Intruders who lack the appropriate scent marking are expelled violently.

All coins in the series:

  • Kangaroo
  • Baby sugar glider
  • Dingo
  • Bilby
  • Koala
  • CountryAustralia
  • Year2010
  • Face Value50 Cents
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)15.57 (1/2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)36.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
Sugar gliders are tiny tree-dwelling Australian marsupials that can glide through the air for up to 100 metres. At night, they come out to feed on insects and the sugary sap of eucalyptus and acacia.
In her second outstanding design for Australian Bush Babies, Elise Martinson portrays a beautiful little sugar glider with its eyes bright and alert. Portrayed in colour, the beautiful animal is perched on a frosted interpretation of native flowers. The design includes the sugar glider’s insect ‘friend’.
The reverse of each coin includes The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark. The Ian-Rank Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the year-date appears on the obverse of each coin.