2019 Native Bees $1 PNC
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 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".
Low mintage of only 7,500