The Little Dinkums coin collection lovingly celebrates Australia's favourite creatures. The Royal Australian Mint had
commissioned artist Ben Hutchings to design six characters for a coin collection named Little Dinkums. They were Petey Platypus,
Kip Koala, Kato Cockatoo, Tinga the Tasmanian Tiger, LilyPilly Lizard and finally Binny Bilby. This coin was struck in Gold
at a size of just 14mm. The
The Bilby is a marsupial which is unique to Australia. Commonly referred to as a rabbit-eared bandicoot, it is found from Western Australia across to Queensland but is now an endangered species. Its habitat has been eroded and subjected to bushfires as well as the introduction of rabbits and grazing animals which compete for its food. There is good news on the horizon though, as a new campaign highlighting its possible extinction has been launched in which it replaces the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bilby will have chocolate replicas too. It has also been bred in captivity and released into the Francois Peron National Park (Shark Bay, 2013) .
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