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Australia 2006-P Discover Australia - UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Ayers Rock / Uluru and Aborigine $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color DX1

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Beautiful color highlights the iconic monument of the Australia outback, Ayers Rock!

Sold out at the Mint! Uluru, traditionally known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone monolith in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia. It lies 208 miles by air southwest of the nearest large town, Alice Springs (or 280 miles by road). Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Uluru are the two major features of the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, the Aboriginal peoples of the area. It has many springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Uluru / Ayers Rock at sunset.Uluru / Ayers Rock
Situated in the heart of the continent, Ayers Rock is Australia's most famous natural landmark. The world-renowned sandstone formation rises 1,142 feet above the surrounding desert. However, like an iceberg, most of its bulk lies below the surface. The Rock measures nearly six miles in circumference. Both Uluru and Kata Tjuta have great cultural significance for the Anangu landowners, who lead walking tours to inform visitors about the local flora and fauna, bush foods and the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories of the area.

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Uluru is notable for appearing to change color as the different light strikes it at different times of the day and year, with sunset a particularly remarkable sight when it briefly glows red. Although rainfall is uncommon in this semiarid area, during wet periods the rock acquires a silvery-gray color, with streaks of black algae forming on channels of water flow.

A panoramic view of Uluru / Ayers Rock

The Perth Mint has done a remarkable job of depicting this natural wonder in the color often seen at sunset on this one ounce pure silver proof. The sense of being there in the primeval setting is heightened by the presence of the aborigine and the desert vegetation.

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 Ayers Rock / Uluru are incredible!

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Uluru / Ayers Rock at sunset 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
An indigenous Australian man, an aborigine, stands in the foreground of this dramatic view of Ayers Rock (known in the local aboriginal language as Uluru) at sunset. The desert vegetation and impressive coloration lend to the sense of being there. The legends ULURU and DISCOVER AUSTRALIA define the theme. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed under the monument to the right, near the 3:30 position along the rim. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Reverse
Australia 2006 Ayers Rock / Uluru Pure Silver Dollar in full packaging 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.

SpecificationsUluru / Ayers Rock as viewed from the air
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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