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Australia 2006-P Discover Australia - UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Great Barrier Reef & Sea Turtle $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color DX1

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Beautiful color highlights show off this seascape paradise featuring a sea turtle swimming along the Great Barrier Reef!

Sold out at the Mint! This is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful animal coins we have ever seen! It commemorates Australia's natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Renowned for the variety and color of its corals and sponges, the Reef supports an astonishing A sea turtle swims past a very small section of the Great Barrier Reef.array of wildlife, including 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusk. Visitors can see whales, dolphins, and, if lucky, extremely rare species such as the dugong and the green sea turtle (featured on this coin)! The warm ocean current sweeping along a school of fish is depicted in vibrant, almost iridescent, shades of metallic blue.

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The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, comprising over 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 1,600 miles (2,600 kilometers) over an area of approximately 133,000 square miles (344,400 square kilometers). A close up view of the incredible color, beauty and biodiversity of the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef!The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in the warm, tropical waters of northeast Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's largest single structure made by living organisms. The reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny life forms, known as coral polyps. The Great Barrier Reef supports an incredible diversity of life, and was selected as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. CNN has chosen it one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use, such as overfishing and tourism. Other environmental pressures to the reef and its ecosystem include water quality from runoff, climate change accompanied by mass coral bleaching, and cyclic outbreaks of the harmful crown-of-thorns starfish.

The Great Barrier Reef, of the northeast coast of Australia, is so large it can be seen from space!Click here for more UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

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.

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Obverse
A green sea turtle is featured front and center in frosted cameo relief, set amidst a background of Australia 2006 Great Barrier Reef and Sea Turtle Pure Silver Dollar in full packagingcorals and a shoal of fish. The legends GREAT BARRIER REEF and DISCOVER AUSTRALIA define the theme. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously hidden in the coral to the lower right, near the 5:00 position along the rim. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl drop 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 an elegant, luxury presentation case with a native Australian sheoak wood lid, protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.
 
SpecificationsThe incredible biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef is illustrated in this colorful picture!
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2006
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    7,500
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist "JR" (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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