The second coin in the remarkable Australian Megafauna coin series, the Diprotodon, takes you back in time to discover the larger-than-life animals that once roamed Australia.
The Diprotodon was a giant wombat-like marsupial that was part of a range of megafaunal creatures which inhabited Australia during the Pleistocene period.
Proof Quality 99.9% Silver
Each coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.
Peter Trusler Design
The reverse of the coin features a design by paleo-artist, Peter Trusler, of a Diprotodon set against a coloured bush background. The inscription DIPROTODON, the coin’s weight and fineness, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark are also incorporated into the design.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as Australian legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2014 year-date and the monetary denomination are shown on the coin’s obverse.
No more than 6,500 of these Australian Megafauna – Diprotodon coins will be released by The Perth Mint.
Wonderfully Illustrated Shipper and Numbered Certificate
The Australian Megafauna – Diprotodon coin is housed in a stylish case and themed shipper and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Five-Coin Plastic Display Box
A superb way to protect and present all Australian Megafauna series coins, this five-coin plastic display box comprises an easy-to-assemble polypropylene charcoal tray and transparent sleeve, and is complimentary with the delivery of the third coin release when purchased as a subscription.
Although related to the wombat and koala, the Diprotodon resembled a rhinoceros in size. The quadruped had pillar-like legs, broad footpads and strong claws on its front feet. It was not a particularly prepossessing animal, as its turned in feet gave it a pigeon-toed appearance, coupled with a massive skull and two large upper front teeth.
The Diprotodon was the first mammal fossil named from Australia in 1838. The creature was once widespread across the mainland, possibly co-existing with Aboriginals for thousands of years.
Previous release: Procoptodon
Forthcoming releases: Genyornis (March), Thylacoleo (May) and Megalania (July)