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Australia 2006-P Discover Australia - Family of Kookaburras Sitting on Tree Branch $5 1/25 Ounce .9999 Pure Gold Proof DX1

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A family of kookaburras laughs and chatters away on this eminently affordable, pure gold beauty!

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 these handsome birds in pure gold, artistically rendered in a frosted cameo proof finish! This tremendously affordable gold gem is part of the ongoing Discover Australia program.

A family of three laughing kookaburras hangs out on a tree branch in the Australian outback.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, 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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A bright-eyed Laughing Kookaburra watches and waits on a stump.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 marvelous minting and refining technologies of the Perth Mint have brought us this petite gold proof, in a purity (99.99%) that puts other, larger gold coins to shame!

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The obverse depicts a family of kookaburras sitting on a tree branch. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed between the rightmost kooka and the branch at the 4:00 position, with the date on the opposite side of the branch. The legend 1/25 OZ. 9999 GOLD guarantees the weight and purity.

The 2006 1/25th Ounce Gold Proof Kookaburra $5 from the Perth Mint of Australia in its box of issueHer 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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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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Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2006
Face Value 5 Dollars
Weight 1.235 g
Diameter 14.10 mm
Gauge (Thickness)     1.10 mm
Mintage Limit 25,000
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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