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The koala on coins
« on: November 30, 2014, 05:04:35 PM »
From Wikipedia:

The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia. It is the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae, and its closest living relatives are the wombats. The koala is found in coastal areas of the mainland's eastern and southern regions, inhabiting Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. It is easily recognisable by its stout, tailless body; round, fluffy ears; and large, spoon-shaped nose. The koala has a body length of 6085 cm (2433 in) and weighs 415 kg (933 lb). Pelage colour ranges from silver grey to chocolate brown. Koalas from the northern populations are typically smaller and lighter in colour than their counterparts further south. It is possible that these populations are separate subspecies, but this is disputed.

Koalas typically inhabit open eucalypt woodlands, and the leaves of these trees make up most of their diet. Because this eucalypt diet has limited nutritional and caloric content, koalas are largely sedentary and sleep for up to 20 hours a day. They are asocial animals, and bonding exists only between mothers and dependent offspring. Adult males communicate with loud bellows that intimidate rivals and attract mates. Males mark their presence with secretions from scent glands located on their chests. Being marsupials, koalas give birth to underdeveloped young that crawl into their mothers' pouches, where they stay for the first six to seven months of their life. These young koalas are known as joeys, and are fully weaned at around a year. Koalas have few natural predators and parasites but are threatened by various pathogens, like Chlamydiaceae bacteria and the koala retrovirus, as well as by bushfires and droughts.


Note also that the koala is NOT a bear.

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Re: The koala on coins
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2014, 05:05:02 PM »


Australia, 1 dollar, 2009.  Inspirational Australians Conservation: Steve Irwin.

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Re: The koala on coins
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2014, 05:06:48 PM »
Australia, 50 cents, 2004.  Primary School Student Design by John Serrano.
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Re: The koala on coins
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2014, 05:07:43 PM »
Australia, $200 gold, 1980.  Design by Stuart Devlin.
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Re: The koala on coins
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2014, 05:09:08 PM »
Australia, $100 1oz platinum, 1988.  Design by Michael Tracey.

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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2014, 05:10:28 PM »


Australia, $100 1oz platinum, 1989.  Design by Michael Tracey.

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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2014, 05:11:12 PM »


Australia, $500, 1991.  The initials JB stand for James Brown, as in Doctor Gordon James Brown of Australia.

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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2014, 05:11:45 PM »


Australia, 200 dollars, 1997 and 2003.  Designs by Jovan Radanovich of the Perth Mint.

2000 coin - the initials are on the branch at lower left.
1997 coin - the initials are on the small branch at mid right.

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Re: The koala on coins
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2014, 05:12:19 PM »


Australia, 200 dollars, 2004.  TF = Travis Farley of the Perth Mint. 

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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2014, 05:16:21 PM »
Australia, 200 dollars, 2001.

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« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2014, 05:17:38 PM »
Australia, $1, 1oz silver, 2014.

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Re: The koala on coins
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2014, 05:21:10 PM »
Australia $200, 2oz platinum, 2002.