WIN a new Royal Australian Mint coin featuring native fauna

By Australian Geographic | May 8, 2019

We have three coins to give away!

THE ROYAL Australian Mint has announced the creation of a new set of coins as part of the Echoes of Australian Fauna series.

Made from nickel and decorated with images of gold-plated native animals, the coins feature the thylacine in bushland, the night parrot in its nest and the lesser bilby in desert grasslands.  

‘Benjamin’, the last-known Tasmanian tiger, died on 7 September 1936 at Hobart Zoo. The lesser bilby was an inhabitant of Australia’s driest deserts, and recorded as a living animal on just a handful of occasions between its discovery in 1887 and its extinction in the 1950s. The night parrot is a small ground-dwelling nocturnal parrot only found in Australia. Until very recently it was thought to be extinct – with no confirmed sighting of it for more than 100 years.

The coins were unveiled at the 2019 Berlin World Money Fair for the international collectors and the numismatic community (which embraces the study or collecting of coins, medals and paper money), and will be made available to the Australian public in March.

They will be released in three batches: the thylacine on 4 March, the lesser bilby on 6 May and the night parrot in July.

The coins will be available in a limited mintage of 5000, retailing for $140 AUD. 

For your chance to win, please tell us in 30 words or less why you’d like to win an Echoes of Australian Fauna lesser bilby coin. There are three to win!

Terms & Conditions

Competition is open to Australian residents only. Starts 17.30 AEDT 07 May 2019 and ends 23:59 AEDT 03 July 2019. This is a game of skill and entrants must answer this question in 30 words or less: “Why would you like to win an Echoes of Australian Fauna Lesser Bilby coin?” The most creative answers will win. Three winners will receive one Australian mint Tasmanian tiger coin valued at $140. Total prize pool value approximately $420. Entries will be judged after 04 July 2019 at Australian Geographic, 54 Park Street, Sydney 2000 . The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. All entries will be included to receive newsletters and special offers from Australian Geographic and on behalf of its valued partners. You may unsubscribe from this free service at anytime. Please refer to for our Privacy Statement.