This beautiful Celebrate Australia release is one of five 2011 $1 coins portraying stunning Australian landscapes and marine environments inscribed on the World Heritage List.
The Australian Fossil Mammal Sites World Heritage Area was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1994. It contains two discrete locations, Naracoorte in South Australia and Riversleigh in Queensland.
The Fossil Mammal Site at Naracoorte is located in the limestone coast region in the southeast of South Australia and covers an area of around 300 hectares. The caves of Naracoorte have acted as pitfall traps, collecting animals for at least 500,000 years and preserving the most complete fossil record for this period in Australia.
Riversleigh, in northwest Queensland, covers an area of 10,000 hectares that includes the fossil remains of ancient mammals, birds and reptiles, some of which date back to 25 million years ago.
The coin’s coloured reverse represents the Australian Fossil Mammal Site of Riversleigh and incorporates a recreation of the Thylacoleo carnifex marsupial lion, one of the many mammal fossils found at Naracoorte.
The coin’s reverse also incorporates The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.
Eye-Catching Presentation Card
The coin is housed on an eye-catching presentation card, which has a fold-out stand for upright display.
Five fantastic World Heritage Sites are the inspiration behind the designs of this year’s Celebrate Australia coins.
The brilliant new designs symbolise the Wet Tropics of Queensland, Macquarie Island, the Gondwana Rainforests, the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites and Purnululu World Heritage National Park. The designs also feature a native Australian animal that is particular to each World Heritage Site.