TASMANIAN TIGER Echoes Fauna 1 Oz Silver Coin 5$ Australia 2019

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This beautiful 1 Oz Silver coin is the first release in the new “Echoes of Australian Fauna” series, dedicated to some of the most fascinating extinct animals. In this edition – the Tasmanian Tiger. The coin features a wonderful Black Nickel plating, has a beautiful design and comes in a case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 5.000 pieces worldwide.

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Specifications
Country Australia
Year 2019
Face Value 5 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 31.1 (1 oz)
Diameter (mm) 40
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 5.000
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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Thylacine
The thylacine, now extinct, was the largest known carnivorous marsupial mammal, evolving about 4 million years ago. The last known live animal was captured in 1933 in Tasmania. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger because of its striped lower back, or the Tasmanian wolf because of its canid-like characteristics. It was native to continental Tasmania, New Guinea, and the Australian mainland. The thylacine was relatively shy and nocturnal, with the general appearance of a medium-to-large-size dog, except for its stiff tail and abdominal pouch similar to a kangaroo, and dark transverse stripes that radiated from the top of its back, reminiscent of a tiger. The thylacine was a formidable apex predator, though exactly how large its prey animals were is disputed. Because of convergent evolution it displayed a form and adaptations similar to the tiger and wolf of the Northern Hemisphere, even though not related. Its closest living relative is either the Tasmanian devil or the numbat. The thylacine was one of only two marsupials to have a pouch in both sexes: the other is water opossum. The pouch of the male thylacine served as a protective sheath covering the external reproductive organs.

 
Design

The reverse of the coin depicts a beautiful and detailed image of a gold plated Tasmanian Tiger in the woods. On the bottom of the reverse, the inscriptions: “TASMANIAN TIGER” – the name of the coin. The obverse of the coin features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “AUSTRALIA” – the issuing country, “2019” – the year of issue and “5 DOLLARS” – the face value.

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