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Australia Cockatoo

2010 Proof Five Dollar reverse 2010 Proof Five Dollar obverse

2010 Proof Five Dollar

Reverse Designer:RAM Design Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:14mm Weight:1.24g Edge:Reeded Composition:99.99% Gold


Sales History


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 reverse of this coin, designed by the Royal Australian Mint has the cartoon character Kato Cockatoo depicting the Cockatoo. It includes the legend 1/25oz 99.99Au 5 DOLLARS. The obverse features the traditional Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, crowned and right facing and is surrounded by the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010. This coin, along with the other three, were sold in individual boxes with the cartoon character emblazoned upon it.

The south-eastern Red Tailed Black Cockatoo is a large, black cockatoo that get's its name from the fact that the male of the species has a red panel across their tail feathers. This flash of red can be seen whilst they are in flight, and they tend to stick together in pairs or small groups. These flocks often include other species of cockatoo. The Red Tailed Black Cockatoo includes five subspecies of which the south-eastern is one and one of the most endangered ones. They are typically found in drier environments and are particularly fond of eucalyptus woodlands and they tend to nest in large eucalyptus trees. Their habitat being within the forest is what is threatening this particular species and as deforestation increases they are becoming increasingly rare and endangered. The south-eastern Red Tailed Black Cockatoo along with the other four subspecies are currently protected under the 'Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Act 2001.' As of 2012 there were approximately 1500 individuals remaining and it is officially listed as an endangered species of South Australia.

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