2012 Coloured Sumatran Tiger $1
The Sumatran Tiger dollar is released by the Royal Australian Mint as part of the Animals of the Zoo series. The series features 6 coins all depicting rare and endangered animals residing at the zoo, this coin is in the second release. The series celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Melbourne Zoo, Australia's oldest zoo. The Melbourne Zoo is home to five of these critically endangered species that grow 20 times larger than the household cat! They are native to the Indonesian Island of Sumatra.
The Animals of the Zoo series follows on from the very popular Ocean, Land and Air series released by the Mint in previous years. These 25mm dollar coins have a frosted uncirculated finish, this one with a sculpted tiger 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 12:54 PM
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