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Australia 2002 Kookaburra Soaring over Map of Australian Continent Flying $1 Pure Silver Dollar Reverse Proof Roll of 20

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A truly dramatic design! Get a FULL ROLL of this kookaburra soaring above a map of the Australian continent on this pure silver beauty!


This listing is for a full and original mint roll of 20 Pure Silver Kookaburra coins!

Sold out at the Mint!The kookaburra is one of the iconic symbols of Australia, made all the more desirable by the Perth Mint's execution of this handsome bird in pure silver, artistically rendered in an unique, reverse proof finish! This year a single, flying kookaburra soars high above a map of the island continent, in one of the most coveted and dramatic images in the entire series!

A pair of kookaburras - one soaring or flying overhead, and a second one sitting on a tree branch, laughing!This beautiful coin is part of the highly collectible series of one ounce Pure Silver Kookaburras. The obverse design of this series, with the kookaburra, changes each year, further enhancing its collectibility. The reverse features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of the British Commonwealth, of which Australia is a member. The Pure Silver Kookaburra has a face value of one dollar and can be difficult to locate, much less in pristine condition, so we advise you to acquire one you need when you find it.

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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).

A curious Laughing Kookaburra surveys his domain from high up on a tree branch.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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Original Mint Roll of 20 KookaburrasObverse
A single, flying kookaburra soars high above a map of the island continent. The legend 1 OZ. 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The legend AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA and the date are also indicated.

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 denomination also appear.

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Packaging
Each roll of twenty encapsulated Silver Kookaburras is sealed inside a clear plastic wrap roll, as issued by the Perth Mint of Australia.

Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2002
   
Face Value 20 Dollars (20 x One Dollar)
Weight 622.70 g (20 x 31.135 g)
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.00 mm
Mintage Limit 300,000
   
Finish Reverse Proof
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Packaging Encapsulated

"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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