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Australia 2009-P Discover Australia - The Dreaming - King Brown Snake or Mulga $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color

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Discover Australia and experience the Dreaming with this original work of Aboriginal animal art, struck in pure silver!

Sold out at the Mint!The designer of this unique silver dollar is none other than Darryl Bellotti, who also has designed the Australian Koala coins as well as the Rectangular Dreaming coins for the Perth Mint. He is an indigenous or native Australian, what we call an Aborigine, who for generations untold coexisted with the endemic Australian animals, hunting them as necessary but always respecting their Spirits. Separate articles in this presentation explore this noteworthy animal series; the artist; the Dreaming and Dreamtime; and the animal itself!

The precious metals coins of the Perth Mint's Discover Australia - The Dreaming series are available in silver, gold and platinum proofs, many with applied technology.Discover Australia - The Dreaming Series
The Dreaming Series is the latest chapter in The Perth Mint’s prestigious Discover Australia coin program depicting iconic aspects of Australian wildlife, landscape and culture. Scheduled for release between 2009 and 2011, the beautiful new series comprises pure gold, silver and platinum proof coins depicting unique interpretations of 15 different Australian animals.

The Discover Australia - The Dreaming designs were created by Darryl Bellotti, an Australian Indigenous (aboriginal) artist of both Yamatji and Nyoongar descent. Bellotti is inspired by his boyhood memories of hunting trips in northwestern Australia, where he observed the unique fauna of the island continent and was guided by his elders. The aboriginal art depicts the animal surrounded by patterns that symbolize the Dreamtime and the native landscape of the outback.

There is huge international interest in Australian Indigenous art. Created through the millennia on rocks, on bark, on canvas and in sculpture, the oldest ongoing artistic tradition in the world stretches back tens of thousands of years.  The coins of the Discover Australia - The Dreaming Series represent the perfect marriage of precious metals and modern technology with native Australian, aboriginal designs. Each is an original and investment caliber work of fine art.

For more information and pictures of Australian aboriginal artist Darryl Bellotti, including an extensive interview, please see the article at the end of this presentation.

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The King Brown Snake
A large and venemous, medium-brown King Brown Snake, also known as the mulga snake, is coiled and ready to strike!King Brown Snakes, also known as mulga snakes, are large venomous snakes, widespread and living throughout most of Australia, and growing from eight to ten feet (2.5 m to 3 m) in length. Depending on their local habitat, mulga snakes can vary in color from light brown in the desert to a dark brownish black in the cooler regions of Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales. Mulga snakes are solid and robust, with wide heads and smooth snouts.

The king brown snake primarily eats other reptiles, earning it the title "reptile eater". It eats other snakes (including venomous species), lizards, birds, mammals and frogs. It is well adapted to eating other venomous snakes, with most venom having little or no effect on it. With giant venom glands, mulga snakes will bite and hold their prey using a chewing action to pump enough venom to slow down even the most deadly adversary.

By international standards, king brown snake venom is very toxic and is produced in large quantities. A good-sized mulga snake may deliver over 150 mg of toxin in a single bite. The king brown snake is the second largest venomous snake in Australia (after the taipan) and the fifth largest venomous snake in the world (after the king cobra, black mamba, taipan, and bushmaster).

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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!

The Dreaming and the Dreamtime
The aboriginal ideas of the Dreaming and the Dreamtime are spiritual concepts, related to but distinct from each other. In both cases the concepts were transliterated into English words that do not do them justice. The translations are inadequate and nearly completely unrelated to the Western concept of dreams.

Aboriginal or native Indigenous Australian artist Darryl Bellotti, creator of the Discover Australia - The Dreaming series of silver, gold and platinum proof animal coins for the Perth Mint, takes a break from his work with one of his designs on the computer monitor screen!The Dreamtime is the "Time Before Time", or the sacred "once upon a time" of the Aborigines. During the Dreamtime, the ancestral, totemic Spirit Beings formed all of creation. Traditional Australian indigenous peoples embrace all phenomena and life as part of a vast, complex system of relationships which can be traced directly back to the ancestral totemic Spirit Beings of the Dreamtime. Different spirits inhabit each and every aspect of creation, so the echoes of the Dreamtime can be seen and felt everywhere.

The Dreaming refers to an individual's or group's set of beliefs or spirituality. For instance, an Indigenous Australian might say that s/he has Kangaroo Dreaming, or Shark Dreaming, or Honey Ant Dreaming, or any combination of Dreamings pertinent to his or her spiritual being. The Dreamtime laid down the patterns of life for the Aboriginal people, while the Dreaming is the spirituality passed on from the inception of creation.

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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
The 2009 King Brown Snake Silver Dreaming coin comes in an eleborate, full color packaging.A king brown snake flicks out its forked tongue, smelling the air and searching for prey. It is seen from above, on splashes of warm color the represent the desert pavement (or gibber) environment in which it lives. The legends DISCOVER AUSTRALIA and KING BROWN SNAKE 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.

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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.

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Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2009
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)    4.00 mm
Mintage Limit 10,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Darryl Bellotti (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

About The Artist - Darryl Bellotti, Indigenous Coin Designer
Aboriginal or native Indigenous Australian artist Darryl Bellotti, creator of the Discover Australia - The Dreaming series of silver, gold and platinum proof animal coins for the Perth Mint, takes a break from his work with one of his designs on the computer monitor screen!Much of the inspiration for Darryl Bellotti's stunning artistic creations comes from traditional Aboriginal art. Yet there is a contemporary, innovative feel to his work that stamps it with his own unique style. “You will identify it as Australian Indigenous art, but I also want you to recognize it as mine as soon as you see it,” is the way he explains his aim.

Darryl deliberately sets out to challenge people's understanding of what they perceive as Indigenous art. For example, he resists the use of too many dots, which would not have been successful in the context of his coin designs. He also strives for a modern edge, finding the design technology available at the Mint to be helpful. “I am an Indigenous person of Australia, but I'm also modern in the way that I can create artwork on the computer,” he says.

A single example of each of a silver, gold and platinum proof coin of the Discover Australia - The Dreaming Series of precious metal, aboriginal or native Indigenous Australian design coins from the Perth Mint. Behind the designs for The Dreaming Series lies Darryl's fascination with the interaction of Australia's native wildlife within the vast and varied landscape. The inspiration for each piece emerges as he imagines himself in the midst of the natural environment, where he relives the experience of its colors, warmth, textures and sounds in his mind. It comes naturally to him, having been brought up for an expected life in the bush.

Intensely familiar with many Australian native animals, Darryl observes them in his mind's eye, searching for a telling movement or posture which will reveal its experience. The different treatments of the kangaroo illustrate the result of this contemplative process.

Aboriginal or native Indigenous Australian artist Darryl Bellotti, creator of the Discover Australia - The Dreaming series of silver, gold and platinum proof animal coins for the Perth Mint, takes a break from his work to demonstrate one of his creations! On the silver coin he shows its power and speed – a reaction maybe to being startled by a predator or a bush fire. The colored element, symbolizing Australia's red dirt, seemingly explodes beneath the impact of its feet.

In contrast, the gold coin portrays the animal in a calm mood – its relaxed, comfortable stance revealing a tranquil, undisturbed moment, maybe at dusk as it comes out to feed.

With his platinum designs, Darryl subtly reminds us that the animals existed in harmony with the land long before the appearance of mankind. References to courtship rituals and progeny are used to symbolize their ancient process of renewal.

Aboriginal or native Indigenous Australian artists Darryl Bellotti, creator of the Discover Australia - The Dreaming series of silver, gold and platinum proof coins for the Perth Mint, takes a break from his work at the Mint! “I have an inherent ability to tell a story,” Darryl explains, “My art, as well as the music I write, is art of my story telling.” In the case of The Dreaming Series, it conveys the respect he has for the animals in the beauty of their own environment. The message reflects his optimism for the future. “It feels as though everyone is starting to wake up and see things the way my people have been taught for so long through ancient stories about the Dreaming

Each coin design, depicted with fluid shapes and patterns inspired by nature, represents Darryl's tribute to the animal. “My main hope is that people might say, 'Oh, why is this happening?', or 'Why is the animal doing that?' They may never have even seen a brolga before. If they think it's beautiful, they might learn a bit more about it. They might want to learn about the traditional people who live on the land inhabited by these animals.”

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