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KOALA Bush Babies Silver Proof Coin 50c Australia 2011


The fifth and last release from the Australian Bush Babies Series, marks the Koala struck of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Australia.

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Australian Koala Bear
The koala's nickname is a Native Bear. The koala is a mammal. They are warm-blooded. The koala's young is called a cub. The koala's young are born alive. Koalas drink milk from the mother. The koala breaths oxygen from air. The koala might look cuddly but the koala has very sharp teeth and very sharp claws. The koalas have white on the underside and gray on the rest of its body.
The koala has big ears and a big nose. The mother has a pouch. The koala has very thick fur. The adult koala gets 25 to 30 inches long. The koala is very small when it's just born. After a month the cub is 1 cm. long. The koala weighs 15 to 30 pounds. One cub is born at a time.
The koala cub stays in the mother's pouch for 5 months. The koala cub is blind when it's born. Koalas breed in the summer. Koalas live for 20 or more years. The koala can run as fast as a rabbit. The koalas sleep for up to 19 hours. The koala lives on the East coast of Australia. They live and sleep in the eucalyptus trees. It's hot, light, and dry here.
The koala's territory is getting smaller because people are cutting down trees and making farms on them. Koalas can only live in one place in the world. The koala only eats Eucalyptus leaves and it eats so many leaves, it smells like the leaves.
The koala hops from tree to tree and climbs the trees to get the leaves. The koala will eat 2.5 pounds of food a day. It uses its claws to get the branches and get the leaves. The koala used to be endangered because people would kill the koala for its fur.
Over 2 million koalas were killed between 1908 and 1927. Occasionally koalas are taken by Goannas, Eagles, and Owls. Humans are koala's worst enemies. Dingoes will kill the koala. The koala does not have very many enemies. Koala young are hunted by large birds of prey. Their Behavior is Clumsy but they are strong swimmers. They live in loose-knit groups if enough suitable trees are present, but only one animal per tree. Males express territoriality during the breeding season, bellowing and grasping the base of a tree while rubbing their chest against it, thus leaving a scent marking with their chest gland. Females bellow as well during this time but are not territorial.

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
The coin reverse portrays a beautiful baby koala with its eyes bright and alert. Portrayed in colour, the cuddly koala is set against a background of golden wattle, waratah and flowering gums. The design includes the koala’s insect friend – a cicada, and the Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark. Around the image ther is the inscription "Australian koala". In the coin obverse is depicted the effigy of Her Majesty Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, nominal value, the inscription "1/2 oz 999 Silver", the country and the year of issue.