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Squirrel Glider


This Squirrel Glider 1990 Two Hundred Dollar Pride of Australia Gold coin is the fifth of six coins in the Pride of Australia wildlife series. The other coins in the series are Frilled Neck Lizard (1989), Platypus (1990), Emu (1991), Echidna (1992) and the Tasmanian Devil (1994). The reverse was designed by Horst Hahne and features a Squirrel Glider in its natural habitat. It contains the legend "PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS". The obverse displays Raphael Maklouf's portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, right facing, crowned with necklace and earrings. Around this portrait is the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1993".

The Squirrel Glider is as the name implies, a squirrel that glides. It is the larger cousin to the Sugar Glider. It can glide to almost 100 metres when it wants to move between trees.(Australian Museum, 2017) Its scientific name is Petaurus norfolcensis which translates to Norfolk Island rope dancer, but the squirrel glider does not inhabit that area. The end of their tail is black and this can be used as a rudder which allows them to maneuver themselves midflight. They grow to approximately 20cm in length and have a white or yellowish underbelly dependant upon their origin. They usually have soft grey fur covering the body with a dark strip down middle (Wildlife Queensland, 2013). They are creatures of habit and would not venture far from their local area. Even when their homes are lost they still remain. They can be found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. They normally live within a range of 3-5 hectares and can have many nests in this area. Their nest is usually a hollow tree with a narrow opening that will act as defence against its prey.

The tails side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinThe heads side of the coinAustralian Museum, 2017

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS691993 3,014          MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1993 Proof5,000780780780780780900Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.