Monarch Butterfly Reverse Design
The coin’s reverse portrays a coloured Monarch Butterfly against the background of a butterfly swarm and rural scene. The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and monetary denomination are also incorporated in the design.
Australian Legal Tender $1 Coin
Struck by The Perth Mint from aluminium bronze, the coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.
The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and 2012 year-date appear on the coin’s obverse.
A great gift for any budding young collector, the coin is housed in an illustrated and informative presentation card.
Brilliant orange and black in colour, the Monarch is among the most easily recognisable of the butterfly species. It is estimated that the Monarch Butterfly can fly over 425 kilometres a day, which is a long way for a creature that is only a few centmetres long! This amazing feat can be compared to the length of the human Olympic marathon, which covers an official distance of just over 42 kilometres.
The Monarch is famous for its southward migration and northward return in summer from Canada to Mexico and Baja California, which spans the life of three to four generations of the butterfly. The Monarch can also be found in parts of Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
The Monarch migration is one of the greatest natural phenomena in the insect world. No wonder this colourful creature is the marathon champion of the insect world!
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