The platypus is one of Australia’s most curious and fascinating native animals. This small, amphibious mammal has a tail like a beaver, a body like an otter, a beak like a bird, walks like a reptile and has webbed feet.
Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
The Discover Australia – Platypus 2013 1oz coin is struck from 99.9% pure silver in superb proof quality.
Coloured Reverse Design
The coin's reverse depicts a platypus against a coloured tropical rainforest scene. The inscriptions DISCOVER AUSTRALIA and PLATYPUS, The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and the 2013 year-date are also included in the design.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as Australian legal tender, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.
Beautiful Packaging and Numbered Certificate
The Discover Australia – Platypus 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin is available in an individual display case or in a five-coin presentation case with the other coins in the series. Both cases feature a timber lid and stylised shipper.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 5,000 of the Discover Australia – Platypus 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin, with an issue limit of 3,500 individual coins and 1,500 for the five-coin sets.
Available Individually or in a Five-Coin Set
This coin is available individually or as part of a five-coin set also featuring a 1oz Kangaroo, Koala, Emu and Kookaburra coin from the 2013 Discover Australia series
The Perth Mint is pleased to announce the release of the stunning 2013 Discover Australia silver proof coin series.
With five new designs for 2013, the series will consist of the Platypus, Kangaroo, Koala, Emu and Kookaburra.
The Platypus is a mammal and monotreme recognised by its soft rubbery bill, thick insulating fur coat, and webbed feet.
It is not widely known that the male platypus has a spur behind its hind feet that delivers venom, which is deadly to some species and very painful to humans.
The platypus also possesses the rare sense of electroreception, which is the ability to locate prey by detecting the electric fields generated by their muscle movements.