The Perth Mint is famed for producing silver bullion coins that are highly sought-after by investors and collectors. While its annual-release coins are incredibly popular, silver buyers shouldn’t overlook the low-mintage unique designs the mint produces over time. The newest of these is the Bird of Paradise Series of gold and silver coins. The 2018 1 oz Silver Australian Bird of Paradise Coin is available to you online right now for purchase at Silver.com.
- Ships to you housed within an acrylic capsule, a tube of 20, or box of 100 coins!
- The first use of the Bird of Paradise design!
- Mintage limited to 50,000 coins only!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine silver in BU condition.
- Issued a face value of $1 (AUD) by Australia.
- Queen Elizabeth II features on the coin’s obverse surface.
- The duwuduwu, as the Yidinji people know it, is featured on the coin’s reverse surface.
The first outsider to encounter the bird known to the indigenous people as the duwuduwu was a Scottish naturalist named James Macgillivray. He gave the bird the name of Victoria’s riflebird. The name was derived in part from the ruling monarch of England at the time, Queen Victoria I. The “riflebird” reflected the bird’s colorful plumage which Macgillivray believed matched the uniforms of 19th century British Army riflemen.
Victoria’s riflebird is a species that is native to the island of New Guinea and is also found in northeastern Queensland, one of the six states in Australia. The bird’s bright plumage is often used by local tribal members in cultural ceremonies. Today, it is featured on the reverse face of silver and gold coins from the Perth Mint.
On the obverse of the 2018 1 oz Silver Australian Bird of Paradise Coin is the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Here, Her Majesty is captured in right-profile relief in a fourth-generation portrait from Ian Rank-Broadley that was created in 1998 for the Royal Mint.
The reverse face of the Silver Australian Bird of Paradise Coin includes the famed duwuduwu bird. Featuring brilliant plumage, the bird is known to partake in an elegant dance to attract a mate that involves waving and fluttering its wings. Engravings on this face include “Australian Bird of Paradise” and “2018 1 oz 9999 Silver.”
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