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2022 $5 ½ gm Gold Frosted Uncirculated Coin – Mini Kookaburra
The Royal Australian Mint’s Mini Money gold coin series will feature a selection of Australia’s iconic native animals. The Kookaburra, one of Australia’s most recognisable and distinctive birds, is presented on the second coin.
Kookaburras can be found throughout eastern Australia, from Queensland to South Australia, and have been widely introduced into Tasmania, Western Australia and even New Zealand.
The Kookaburra is a large kingfisher bird, but unlike other kingfishers, the kookaburra rarely eats fish. With an estimated population of 65 million, kookaburra’s can be typically found in eucalyptus forest and woodlands throughout Australia and well as urban parks, gardens and backyards – sometimes stealing food!
Often referred to as the “laughing kookaburra” for its distinctive vocal pattern, the kookaburra call is not as friendly as it may appear.
Their calls are actually warming other birds to keep away.
Researchers have found that family units will laugh in a similar manner and vocalise together to amplify their claim to their territory.
This intriguing bird is an icon of Australia, featuring in films, books and music such as the well-known song Kookaburra [sits in the old gumtree], which is sang by generations of Australian children.
The kookaburra features on the Royal Australian Mint’s Mini Money series of gold coins depicting iconic native animals. This $5 coin contains a half gram of 99.99 per cent gold, packaged in an attractive presentation capsule. The mintage is limited to just 5000 units.
The coin is legal tender and features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and, on the reverse, a highly detailed design of kookaburra perched on a textured branch.
This is an affordable product for someone interested in collecting gold coins and Australia’s distinctive wildlife.