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2019 $1 Native Bees Coin & Stamp Cover PNC

2019 $1 Native Bees Coin & Stamp Cover PNC

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2019 $1 Native Bees Coin & Stamp Cover PNCThe Perth Mint and Australia Post have released a stunning stamp and coin featuring the blue neon cuckoo bee and the orange-and-black wasp-mimic bee.Australia is home to at least 2,000 species of native bees exhibiting a diverse range of physical and behavioural characteristics. The blue neon cuckoo bee's metallic blue sheen and slick black wings b=make it one of the most striking Australian Bees, reflected in its scientific name which means 'a little shiny'. The orange-and-black wasp-mimic bee disguises itself as a wasp for protection, even holding its wings in a wasp-like V-shape when it lands. Its imitation is so flawless that it was misidentified when it was first discovered.Issued as Tuvalu legal tender, the uncirculated base metal coin is housed in a beautifully designed card with a circular window revealing the coin's reverse and obverse designs.The coin's reverse features a coloured image of the blue neon cuckoo bee at rest on a pink flower and the orange-and-black wasp-mimic bee on a white flower. The designs also includes the inscription "NATIVE BEES".Postmarked First Day of Issue 14th May 2019, Werribee VIC 3030.Coin is housed in a full colour Australia Post envelope, along with commemorative stamps.Denomination :                  $1Quality :                            UncirculatedMetal :                              Aluminium BronzeWeight :                            13.50 gmsDiameter :                         30.60 mmMintage :                           7,500Certificate of Authenticity : Australia Post Seal of Authenticity
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