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Tasmanian Devil


This Tasmanian Devil 1990 Two Hundred Dollar Pride of Australia Gold coin is the last 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 Squirrel Glider (1993). The reverse was designed by Horst Hahne and features a Tasmanian Devil 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 1994".

The Tasmanian Devil is an iconic symbol of Tasmania and Australia. It has been widely used by the media and businesses alike. It gained worldwide recognition from the Looney Tunes cartoon character. It is a carnivorous marsupial that is found only in Tasmania despite attempts to get them to breed elsewhere.(Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, 2017) It can best be described as a small stocky dog with powerful jaws and having front legs longer than its back legs. Its habitat is throughout Tasmania, but the core of its population would be the eastern and north-western parts. It prefers dry and open forests and can also be found near roads so that it can scavenge from roadkill. This can also be its own downfall though, as many devils lose their life on the roads. They are a protected species and their decline is also due to diseases such as Devil facial tumour disease which forms around its mouth and eventually starves the animal to death.

The inscription around the inner edge of the coinThe tails side of the coinThe heads side of the coinParks & Wildlife Service Tasmania, 2017

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS691994 4,000          MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1994 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.