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Australia 2012-P Australian Map Shaped Wildlife Coin #1 - Kookaburra $1 Pure Silver Dollar Reverse Proof with Color

Australia 2012-P Australian Map Shaped Wildlife Coin #1 - Kookaburra $1 Pure Silver Dollar Reverse Proof with Color

Manufacturer: Australia
SKU: 64695
Price: $169.95
List Price: $199.95 - Savings: $30.00
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FIRST of a new series! Australian map shaped! Kookaburra pure silver dollar - with color! And the mintage is only 6,000!

Sold out at the Mint!Here's the first in the new, Australian Map Shaped Coin Program - and it features that definitive symbols of Australia, the island continent, the kookaburra! The Perth Mint and Talisman Coins are proud to bring you an incredible new addition to the renowned Australian Kookaburra coin series. This one ounce, pure silver dollar is the first in a new series of wildlife-themed, map-shaped coins from the Mint! It depicts a laughing kookaburra resting on a fence rail against a vibrantly colored background of a rural bush or outback scene, with a reverse proof finish. With its extremely limited mintage of only 6,000, Kookaburra collectors snatched this one up in record time!

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Investment Note - This is the FIRST of a new series of Map Shaped Wildlife Coins and will be in heavy demand for years to come as the series progresses! With a total mintage limit of only 6,000, this coin sold out at the Mint in record time! We strongly recommend this bold and handsome design as an excellent buy-and-hold! Our advice - do not delay, all Kookaburra 1 Ounce Silver collectors need this coin!

A bright-eyed Laughing Kookaburra watches and waits on a stump.What's So Funny?
The kookaburra is probably the best known bird of Australia. There are actually four species of kookaburra found in Australia and New Guinea. All are members of the Kingfisher family. Far and away the most familiar is the Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae).

Kookaburras are famous for their unmistakable call, which sounds uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter - good-natured, if rather hysterical, merriment in the case of the Laughing Kookaburra; and maniacal cackling in the case of the slightly smaller Blue-Winged Kookaburra (D. leachii). The word "kookaburra" is borrowed from an aboriginal word of the Wiradjura language, "guuguubarra", which is onomatopoeic of (replicates) the avian's call.

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Kookaburras are carnivorous. They eat lizards, snakes, insects, mice and raw meat. The more socialized birds will accept handouts from humans and will take raw or cooked meat from open-air barbecues left unattended. Kookas are territorial, and often live with the partly grown chicks of the previous season.

The notoriety of the kookaburra's laugh, as well as its nervy antics, has been spread worldwide by the popular children's song "Kookaburra" by Marion Sinclair. Please see the end of this article for the complete lyrics to the song "Kookaburra".

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2012 Kookaburra Map-Shaped $1 in boxTechnology Note
The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

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Obverse
A single laughing kookaburra perches on a fence rail against a vibrantly colored background of a rural bush or outback scene. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The Perth Mint "P" mint mark is judiciously placed in the southwest corner of the continent, south of Perth, near the edge. The legend KOOKABURRA and the date are also indicated.

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 Reverse
A mirrored portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend ELIZABETH II and denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a handsome taupe leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

SpecificationsA handsome Laughing Kookaburra waits on a rail.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2012
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Width 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.52 mm
Mintage Limit    6,000
   
Finish Reverse Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
   
Artist Ing Ing Jongs (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

"Kookaburra" by Marion Sinclair
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh kookaburra, laugh
Kookaburra, gay your life must be

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the gumdrops that he can see
Stop, kookaburra, stop
Kookaburra, leave some there for me

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Chasing all the monkeys he can see
Stop, kookaburra, stop
Kookaburra, that's not a monkey, that's me!

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