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Australia 2012 Discover Australian Wildlife Kookaburra $1 Pure Silver Proof

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Seller Notes: New and mint-fresh, exactly as issued, with original certificate and full and complete packaging!
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Composition:

Silver

Year:

2012

Country of Manufacture:

Australia

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Native Australian wildlife (in this case, a laughing kookaburra) abounds on the new Discover Australia proof silver dollars!

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The Discover Australia series has been the cornerstone of the Perth Mint's numismatic collector coin offerings since its introduction with the First Discover Australia Program in 2006. These exciting coins depict native animals, with the focus of the latest program being the unique wildlife of the Island Continent in all its glory! Talisman Coins and the Perth Mint (Australia's precious metals experts) are proud to bring you this latest Discover Australia program, starting with these pure silver dollars. Each animal is presented in full, frosted cameo proof finish, against a backdrop of splendid color portraying its native habitat.

The Discover Australia Wildlife Proof Silver Dollars are available singly and as a Complete 5-Coin Collection!

A curious Laughing Kookaburra surveys his domain from high up on a tree branch.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.

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".

The Discover Australia Series
A pair of laughing kookaburras is perched together on a tree branch. Each Discover Australia coin provides a gateway to explore the Land Down Under, as both its one-of-a-kind fauna and its unspoiled, majestic natural environment! Each proof-finish coin is encapsulated and handsomely displayed inside an elegant, luxury presentation case with a native Australian jarrah wood lid, protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included. Jarrah is a species of eucalyptus tree found in the southwest of Western Australia. Because of its similar appearance to mahogany, jarrah is sometimes referred to as Swan River mahogany, after the river that runs through Perth.

Don't forget the first two Discover Australia programs, as well as the related Celebrate Australia program:

Please note, the mint images of this beautiful proof coin do not do it justice. The fields are deeply mirrored, the relief devices are white-frosted cameo, and the deep, rich colors of Australia's outback are incredible!

Technology 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.

Obverse
Australia 2012 Discover Australian Kookabura Silver ProofKookaburra perched on a tree branch against a colored background scene of the Murray River at sunrise. The legends DISCOVER AUSTRALIA and KOOKABURRA define the theme, while the legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is also present.

Reverse

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 the denomination also appear.

Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, luxury presentation case with a native Australian jarrah wood lid, protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Jarrah is a species of eucalyptus tree found in the southwest of Western Australia. Because of its similar appearance to mahogany, jarrah is sometimes referred to as Swan River mahogany, after the river that runs through Perth.

SpecificationsA pair of kookaburras - one soaring or flying overhead, and a second one sitting on a tree branch, laughing!
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2012
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.600 mm
Gauge (Thickness)    4.00 mm
Mintage Limit 7,500
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist 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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