2012 Coloured Southern Corroboree Frog $1
The Royal Australian Mints' Animals of the Zoo coloured one dollar series coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Melbourne Zoo, the oldest Australian zoo. The coin depicted above is in the second release of this series showing off the southern corroboree frog. The Melbourne Zoo is home to over 100 of these critically endangered species of frog, just 10% of the entire population known to exist and in decline. They are usually seen inhabiting alpine sphagnum bogs and marshlands in the Kosciusko National Park. Their vibrant yellow and black stripes make them eye catching indeed.
This dollar is one of six coins issued in 2012 in the Animals of the Zoo series which follows on from the very popular Ocean, Land and Air series released by the Mint in previous years. The 25mm dollar coins have a frosted uncirculated finish, this one with a sculpted frog design which is then overlaid with colour in the pad-printing process. The design is by the RAM's Aaron Baggio. This 2012 dated one dollar weighs 9 grams and is minted on an aluminium bronze burnished blank planchet. The obverse features the standard Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
Issued in a capsule snapped into a collector card for $15, for up to date mintage figures see the 2012 One Dollar Issues and Mintages Table.
Posted by harrisk at May 10, 2012 12:33 PM
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