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Australia 2006-P Discover Australia - Koala Bear $5 1/25 Ounce .9999 Pure Gold Proof DX1

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A cute and cuddly Koala Bear climbs an eucalyptus tree on this eminently affordable, pure gold beauty!

Sold out at the Mint!Who doesn't love the Koala Bear, one of the iconic symbols of Australia, made all the more desirable by the Perth Mint's execution of these endearing marsupials in pure gold, artistically rendered in a frosted cameo proof finish! Even better is the price! This tremendously affordable smallest gold gem is part of the ongoing Discover Australia program. With its low mintage of only 2,500, it's also a serious investment consideration!

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A cute and cuddly koala climbs the eucalyptus tree. MUST...GET...LEAVESA Most Unusual and Surprising Bear!
Despite its appearance, the koala bear isn't really a bear at all, but rather a marsupial. Nonetheless it fascinates us because it's so darn cute - it looks like a living teddy bear! Appearances can be deceiving here, too, because koalas aren't cuddly, either. They are arboreal (tree-dwelling), so they have very strong, sharp claws for climbing (and their bite can cause injury, as well).

Koala bears live nearly their entire lives in the eucalyptus (gum) tree, where they feed almost exclusively on its leaves. They have a very low metabolism for a mammal, so they spend up to 20 hours a day resting and sleeping (and the rest mostly eating). Eucalypt leaves are high in toxic chemicals such as phenols and terpenes, which only the koala has adapted to deal with - the toxins are neutralized in its specialized liver.

Marsupials are unusual, and, many scientists believe, more primitive, mammals. Their best-known characteristic is the pouch for their young, and the koala is no exception. The babies, called joeys, are only a quarter-inch long when born, and enter the world hairless, blind and earless, so the safety of mother koala's pouch is a necessity for its first six months of life. For its second half-year the joey will generally ride on mom's back.

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Koala Fun Facts
A mother koala eats the tasty leaves of the eucalyptus tree while her young joey pokes his head out of her pouch to see what's going on. You'd think that it couldn't get any more odd than a living stuffed animal that spends its entire life in, and only eats the leaves of, one kind of tree. If so, you'd be wrong - koalas are among Nature's most unusual and unique creatures. Here's a couple of other oddities about these fascinating fur balls.

Koalas are often thought to be silent, and they are most of the time, but males have a very loud mating call that can be heard for a distance of about one kilometer away during the breeding season! When attacked, koalas may issue a loud cry, which is often likened to that of a human baby.

The koala bear is one of the few mammals (other than primates) that has fingerprints. Koala fingerprints are remarkably similar to human fingerprints - even when viewed with an electron microscope, it can be quite difficult for an expert to distinguish between the two!

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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 friendly koala bear in a gum tree! The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously at the 6:00 position, with the date at the 4:00 position. The legend 1/10 OZ. 9999 GOLD guarantees the weight and purity.

The 2006 1/10th Ounce Gold Proof Koala $15 from the Perth Mint of Australia in its box of issue 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 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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SpecificationsShhh, don't wake him! This poor guy is all tuckered out after a day eating eucalyptus leaves! A cute koala bear takes a nap, smartly perched in the crook of a tree.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2006
Face Value 15 Dollars
Weight 3.111 g
Diameter 16.10 mm
Gauge (Thickness)       1.50 mm
Mintage Limit 2,500
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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