Aug 072012

On the day our Australian Map Shaped Coin Series – Emu 2012 1oz Silver Coin is launched, here are ten emu facts we hope you find fascinating.

  • The emu is the largest bird inhabiting the Australian continent.
  • One species exists today, although prior to European colonisation three other species occurred: the Tasmanian emu, the King Island emu and the Kangaroo Island emu.
  • The name emu is thought to be derived from an Arabic word for ‘large bird’ and later adopted by early Portuguese explorers.
  • The emu is part of a group known as ratites, which includes the Australian cassowary, from which it may have evolved.

  • Like other ratites, the emu has a ‘keelless’ breastbone and is therefore missing the part needed to anchor powerful flight muscles.
  • The flightless bird’s long legs are extremely strong and fast, allowing it to sprint at over 30 miles per hour.
  • With no teeth emus swallow large pebbles to help their stomach grind up food.
  • The emu and the kangaroo were chosen for our Coat of Arms as they are the only two Australian animals that can’t move backwards.
  • An emu egg can weigh about the same as 12 chicken eggs.
  • Emu egg shells have multiple layers ranging from an inner white layer through to a green outer layer, which led to Kalti Paarti – the art of carving emu eggs (see astonishing examples here).



  5 Responses to “Ten facts about Australia’s amazing emu”

  1. I tried to order this coin but the perth mint would not let me.
    They say they will send my pass word but never do.

  2. Dear Perth Mint,

    I just visited Sydney 2012 ANDA show and very disappointed with your exhibition stand. I was hopping to see all the new product that was just announced in August to be on display regardless of whether they are still available to be purchased or not.

    Most coins that were displayed seems to be the unpopular coins that have a hard time selling online.

    I was told that only product that is still available to be purchased would be on display. If that is the case, the Emu Australian Map coin should be on display because it is still available online.

    Anyway, I think Perth Mint missed out on the opportunity to educate and showcase its famous coins from the current announcement and also the past products.

    Your stand should have been a mini museum where you can showcase the public including young and beginner collectors on coins like the Opal coins, past lunar coins, other thematic coins. Whether they can be purchased or not is irrelevant.

    Perth Mint needs to hold some seminars (show and tell) on educating the public about numismatic coins, themes, different of proof, specimen, and bullion, as well as the significant of packaging of the coins (the same coin can be sold for almost double its value if it is packaged in a limited edition shipper/packaging).

    Let’s hope for the next 2013 ANDA show, Perth Mint can really come up with a special show only coin which has not been available before. The blue lunar coin is nothing new because it was part of a 9 & 10 coin set.

    Products at the show needs to be discounted (not only the show special coin) to get people excited about attending the show.

    Kind Regards,


    • Thank you for your constructive criticism.

      The reason we did not take the Emu and Wombat coins is because we anticipated both would have sold out before the show. Displaying products that are unavailable can be very disappointing for visitors.

      All in all, however, we have noted your points with interest.

      Kind regards

      Blog Team

  3. Seems that you just need to buy the first coin for most series sets.
    I bought all wildlife in need coins, but I like only giant panda (look at the second market, all other four are being sold at a price lower than issuing price), bought mapshaped kooka, but emu is so ugly. Even the combat is not good as the opal koala.


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