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Australia 2010-P Burke and Wills Expedition 150th Anniversary $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color

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A vividly-colored silver proof recounts the triumph and tragedy of the Victorian era Burke & Willis expedition!

Sold out at the Mint! Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills are legendary historical figures of colonial Australia. The first European settlers to cross the Australian continent from south to north, their triumph turned to tragedy when both men died on the return leg. In 2010 we remember the 150th anniversary of this star-crossed journey of exploration with this beautifully colored silver proof. Low mintage pure silver dollar, sold out at the Mint, and only a few remain here - hurry!

Burke and wills and King arriving at the Dig sign at Coopers Creek. Painting by John Longstaff.The Burke and Wills Expedition
Robert O'Hara Burke was the leader of the lavishly-equipped Victorian exploring expedition which set out from Melbourne in August 1860. There was an enormous amount of equipment; enough food to last two years, a cedar-topped oak camp table with two chairs, rockets, flags and a Chinese gong. The equipment all together weighed as much as 20 tons! Slow progress and arguments among the group resulted in Burke forging ahead with an advance party to establish the fateful Camp LXV at Cooper’s Creek. As he prepared to venture into unexplored territory with William John Wills and two others, Burke left word with William Brahe to expect their return to the Camp within three months.

The ‘dash’ to the Gulf of Carpentaria, still more than 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) away, fell tantalizingly short. After their immense effort, the failure by Burke and Wills to break through the coastal mangrove swamp meant they never actually laid eyes on the sea. Torrential rain, sapping humidity and meager rations severely hampered the group’s return. One member of the party, Charles Gray, died less than 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Camp LXV.

Burke, Wills and John King staggered into the depot on 21 April 1861, five weeks overdue. To their dismay, Brahe had departed earlier that day. What supplies he could afford to leave had been buried under a Coolibah tree carved with the word "DIG".

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The Burke and Wills Tree at Birdsville was marked as part of the Burke and Wills expedition in the 1800s. Local history records that this Coolibah Tree, on the banks of the Diamantina River bears the marking B+W C76 1861. It was marked by a party which later traced the route taken by Burke and Wills.On the off chance, Burke buried a letter where the cache had been hidden, then raked the earth flat once again. When Brahe and William Wright, the leader of the much delayed main party, visited the camp fifteen days later, they saw no evidence of the men’s return.

Struggling southwards, Burke spurned help from the Yantruwanta aboriginal people, unwilling to become dependent on them for food. For a while the party survived on "nardoo", but their failure to prepare the seeds properly seems likely to have contributed to the demise of Burke and Wills (who most likely contracted beriberi from a vitamin B1 or thiamine deficiency), who died around the end of June 1861. Only King survived, relying on the compassion of the Aborigines until he was found by A.W. Howitt’s rescue party three months later. Even King did not fare well - he died about nine years later, at the young age of 33, having never recovered his full strength or stamina as a result of the privations he experienced.

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 are incredibly rendered!

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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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Australia 2010 Burke & Wills Silver $1 Coin with full packagingObverse
The coin’s reverse portrays a representation of an exhausted and bedraggled Burke and Wills. Colored elements of the design depict a camel and the "Dig" Tree in fading sunlight. The legends VICTORIAN EXPLORING EXPEDITION 1860 and BURKE & WILLS 150 YEAR ANNIVERSARY mark the commemoration. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark also appears.

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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 Raphael Maklouf. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date of issue 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.

SpecificationsBurke, Wills and King on the way back from the Gulf of Carpentaria. Engraving by Nicholas Chevalier
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2010
   
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 "AH" (obverse)
Raphael Maklouf (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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