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Australia 2005 Kookaburra Gilded $1 Pure Silver Dollar Reverse Proof with 24-Karat Gold Plating, with Bonus 24-Karat Gold Plated Lapel Pin

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A kookaburra alights on this hard to find, pure silver beauty, selectively plated in 24-karat gold!

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 with highlights in pure, 24-karat gold! An investment consideration is the extremely low mintage limit of only 10,000!

A close up view of a Laughing Kookaburra, resting on a park bench and contemplating its next move.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 collectiblity. 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 when you find them.

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Bonus Lapel Pin!
This Gilded Kookaburra Silver Dollar includes a special bonus - a 24-karat gold plated lapel pin! The design of the pin echoes the one-year-only Kookaburra motif of the pure silver Kookaburra coin. This intricately-detailed pin (each feather can be discerned and numbered!) is an exclusive offering of the Perth Mint and is available only in this set. It can be found nowhere else, and no more than 10,000 of these pins will be released by the Perth Mint.

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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).

Kookaburras are famous for their unmistakable call, which sounds uncannily like loud, The beautiful and incredibly detailed, 24-karat gold plated Kookaburra pin that accompanies the gilded Kookaburra 1 ounce pure silver coin from the Perth Mint is available in this set and nowhere else!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".

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Technology Note
The Perth Mint of Australia has developed a proprietary selective gold plating process that is among the most advanced in the world, resulting not only in aesthetic beauty but also technical precision. This reverse proof silver dollar features selective gold plating on the obverse, dramatically highlighting the kookaburras in pure gold!

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The 2005 Gilded Kookaburra $1 Pure Silver Dollar from the Perth Mint of Australia in its box of issue, highlighted in 24-karat gold, with the bonus 24-karat gold plated kookaburra pin!Obverse
A single Kookaburra resting on its perch on the branch of a gum (eucalyptus) tree. The legend 1 OZ. 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The legend THE AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA and the date are also indicated.

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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The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, silver clamshell-style presentation case lined with black velvet & satin and protected by a silver outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity and a gold-plated Kookaburra lapel pin are included.

Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2005
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)    4.00 mm
Mintage Limit 10,000
Finish Reverse Proof with 24-Karat Selective Gold Plating
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)

"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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