5 nuevos australes
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5 nuevos australes



Measurements and composition
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  • 2.5 g (zirconium)
  • 3.5 g (cobalt)
  • 4.04 g (silver, cupronickel)
  • 4.4 g (brass)
  • 5.4 g (hafnium)
  • 5.7999 g (gold)
  • 6.9 g (tantalum)
  • 7.0999 g (rhenium)

22.3 mm


1.5 mm

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Sunface design, year


Owl, value

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The 5 nuevo austral coin is a fantasy coin of the Falkland Islands (Spanish: Islas Malvinas) produced by American artist Fred Zinkann in 2006. The denomination likely references to the austral, the currency of the islands' neighbor and proclaimed owner, Argentina, from 1985 to 1991.

The coin was struck in nine metals: brass, cobalt, cupronickel, gold, hafnium, silver, rhenium, tantalum, and zirconium, respectively weighing 4.4 grams, 3.5 grams, 4.04 grams, 5.7999 grams, 5.4 grams, 4.04 grams, 7.0999 grams, 6.9 grams, and 2.5 grams. All of the coins measure 22.3 millimeters in diameter and 1.5 millimeters in thickness. A depiction of a sun with a face (likely the Sun of May) consisting solely of geometric polygons is featured in the center of the obverse. The date is inscribed below, with the first two digits being separated from the last two by one of the sun's rays. The words "ISLAS MALVINAS - ARGT." are printed along the coin's bottom periphery. Displayed on the reverse is an owl with its wings spread, separating the letters of the word "prueba" (English: "test" or "trial") below. The coin's value is inscribed around the bottom edge of the coin as "5 AUSTRALES". Only about 208 examples of this proof coin were struck: 25 in brass, 4 in cobalt, 25 in cupronickel, 3 in gold, 4 in hafnium, 10 in rhenium, 25 in silver, 100 in tantalum, and 12 in zirconium. All nine of the varieties are currently listed in Krause's Unusual World Coins under a section entitled "MALVINAS ISLANDS".


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