2015 1oz $1 Silver Frunc Coin - Australian Road Sign Series - Emu
The Australian Road Sign Series continues to boast a combination of Australia’s unique wildlife, sought after precious metals and the Royal Australian Mint’s high quality frosted uncirculated standard. Following the popular kangaroo and koala coins from previous years, this new release features Australia’s most iconic and recognisable native bird, the emu.
HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
The emu (Dromaius novaehollondiae) is a uniquely Australian creature, characterised by its long neck and legs, shaggy grey-brown feathers, blue-tinged head and neck and bounce in its step. It is among the most iconic and revered native birds of this country.
What the emu lacks in flying ability, it makes up for with its high-powered running skills. With three forward-facing toes on each foot, the emu’s run is a sight to behold. Each step can be up to 3 metres long, with a speed of up to 50 kilometres per hour. When birds of prey are stalking from above, it can confuse its feathered predators by running to safety in a zig-zag pattern. It is second only to the ostrich asthe largest and the fastest bird on land.
Since 1908, the emu has stood proudly alongside the kangaroo on the Commonwealth Coat of Arms.
FEATURES AND DESIGN
• The third and final coin in the popular precious metal Australian Road Sign Series
• The design features the familiar road sign sighted during many journeys across Australia’s roads
• Celebrates Australia’s iconic native bird, the emu
• Certificate of authenticity
• Obverse features Queen Elizabeth II effigy sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley
• Australian legal tender
|Manufacturer||Royal Australian Mint|
|Brand||Royal Australian Mint|
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