With the passage of time, many obscure things become prized. Decade old mundane things from our everyday life can be seen fetching eye watering prices in some occasions. Collectors are a strange breed and Straya knows what they need.
The clever mint of Straya!
The Royal Australian Mint just announced that it will be making a new series. They are calling it the “Echoes of Australian Fauna”. Three versions are being released each featuring a different animal.
One side of the coin features H.M. Queen Elizabeth II while golden animals adorn the other side. The black nickel plating gives the Strayan coin a pristine look. The artwork is simple and tasteful. The creature’s habitat covers the majority of the design and surrounds the animal. Gold animals surrounded by black nickel scenery are quite a sight to behold.
Tasmanian Tiger Edition
The first coin from Straya will tell the sad tale of the Tasmanian Tiger. The last known Tasmanian tiger, died on the 7th September 1936, at Hobart Zoo. It was named Benjamin. It spent several years in captivity in the Hobart Zoo after they caught it in the Florentine Valley in 1933. Official protection of the species by the Tasmanian government was introduced in July 1936. Unfortunately, this was just 60 days before Benjamin died in captivity.
Lesser Bilby Edition
The second coin will celebrate the lesser bilby. It was an inhabitant of Straya’s driest deserts and was a rare sight since its discovery in 1887 till its extinction in the 1950s. It was unlike the gentle and still-surviving common bilby of today. They were fierce and intractable. They used savage bites and hissing sounds to drive off foes.
Night Parrot Edition
The third coin honors the Night Parrot. It is a nocturnal, ground-dwelling bird found in Straya. It was considered extinct for the past century but some rare sightings inspire hope. This bird is extremely elusive and tenacious. It can cover upto 100 miles in a single night between eating, drinking and resting spots!
If these coins tickle your fantasy then quickly snatch them before they are gone. The Royal Mint expects that the demand will be much higher than the mintage.