The Perth Mint has started accepting orders for the fifth release within the Endangered and Extinct silver coin series, which features the mahogany glider.
The extremely rare species of gliding possum is found only in fragmented woodlands in a very small area of Queensland’s wet tropics. It was thought to be extinct for some 100 years before being rediscovered in 1989. The creatures have a gliding membrane which extends from wrist to ankle and allows them to glide from tree to tree at an average height of 30 meters. They use a long fluffy tail to stabilize themselves on landing.
The reverse design of the coin features the colored image of a mahogany glider perched on a tree branch framed by gumnuts and gum leaves. A mahogany glider in mid-air appears within the background.
On the obverse of the coin is the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, along with the monetary denomination, 2015-date, and the coin’s weight and fineness. These coins are issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu.
Each coin is struck in 99.9% pure silver to proof quality with silver content of 1 troy ounce. The diameter is 40.60 mm and the thickness is 4.00.
A maximum mintage of 5,000 pieces has been imposed. Coins come housed in a presentation case with a stylized shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
Previous releases within the Endangered and Extinct series have featured the Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle, Tasmanian Tiger, Tasmanian Devil, and Green Turtle. These previous releases are indicated as either sold out or unavailable on the Perth Mint website.