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Australia Echidna

2008  One Dollar reverse 2008  One Dollar obverse

2008 One Dollar

Reverse Designer:Sabina Foster Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:25mm Weight:9g Edge:Interrupted Composition:92% Copper
6% Aluminium
2% Nickel


Sales History


The Echidna is featured as part of the Royal Australian Mint's innovative 'Land Series'. The series showcases animals from the Australian bush and was intended for both seasoned and younger collectors. The reverse of this particular coin was designed by Sabina Foster and depicts a coloured Echidna searching for ants with the denomination "1 DOLLAR". The obverse includes the standard Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008".

The Echidna is the oldest mammal on the planet. They can be found throughout Australia and in parts of New Guinea in a variety of environments including quite extreme temperatures. A number of subspecies have developed localised variations like denser fur to deal with their environment. (Wildcare Australia, 2017) Using their snout and long tongue the echidna forages for ants, termites, earthworms, and some beetles. (Office of Environment and Heritage, 2015) Although habitat loss, motor vehicles, and domestic cats and dogs pose a substantial threat to the echidna they are a highly resilient species and remain very common.

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