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DINGO Bush Babies Silver Proof Coin 50c Australia 2011


This beautiful coin is the third release from a sublime new series for lovers of cute and cuddly Australian animals. 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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The Dingo is Australia's wild dog. It is found in Australia, in all states but Tasmania. They are found throughout the mainland of Australia, close to a source of water.
The Dingo is a medium sized dog, with a bushy tail, and red to yellow coat. Dingos do not bark, but they do howl.
It is not a native animal to Australia, and it is unsure how it arrived on our land, but the current theories are:
* Dingos were brought to Australia 15,000 years ago by Koori people.
* Dingos may be related to wild dogs in South East Asia, and taken to Australia for trade by sea-farers.

They are meat eaters, and try to feed mainly on this. If unavailable, dingos have been known to eat reptiles, and any food source it can find. When food is scarce, dingos group together to feed on larger animals such as kangaroos. Dingos usually stay and hunt in family groups or solitare.
Dingos mate once a year, and the female dingo gives birth to up to eight puppies. The puppies are weened for two months.
Amazing Fact: When the puppies are two months old, the mother then regurgitates food for the pups for another two months. After the pups are about four months old, they then begin hunting small game such as rabbits.

All coins in the series:

  • Kangaroo
  • Baby sugar glider
  • Dingo
  • Bilby
  • Koala
  • CountryAustralia
  • Year2011
  • Face Value50 Cents
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)15.57 (1/2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)36.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)10.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
Gloriously illustrated by artist Elise Martinson, the coin portrays the adorable wide-eyed innocence of a dingo pup and representations of Australian native flowers and a butterfly.
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.