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Perth Mint Releases Final "Birds of Australia" Coin
By Lisa Bellavin
August 06, 2013

The final release in the Perth Mint’s popular "Birds of Australia" series features the Splendid Fairy-wren.

Captured in vibrant color, the coin’s reverse portrays a bright blue male Splendid Fairy-wren in the foreground and a grey-brown female in the background, headed by the inscription SPLENDID FAIRY-WREN. The design also includes representations of Australian vegetation as well as The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

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Widely found in south-west and inland south-east Australia, the Splendid Fairy-wren inhabits dense shrubs and woodlands. Living in small groups, this active bird hops and bounces among the undergrowth in search of insects and seeds. The species is noted for several interesting behavioral characteristics, including a courtship display in which male wrens will pick pink or purple petals and display them to females.

Past birds depicted in the series are the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo the Budgerigar, Regent Bowerbird and the Rainbow Lorikeet.

Silver Content: 1/2oz
Denomination: 50 Cents
Fineness: .999
Weight: 15.591
Diameter: 36.60mm
Mintage: 10,000
Designer: Natasha Muhl

For more information on the final Birds of Australia release, visit the Perth Mint online at

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