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Australia 2010 Berlin World Money Fair WMF Coin Show Special Edition 2-Coin Set - 2009-P & 2010-P20 Kookaburra $1 Pure Silver Dollars Reverse Proof

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Two highly desirable Kookaburras and a mintage of only 5,000 make for a great investment!

Sold out at the Mint!The annual World Money Fair (WMF) was held in Berlin early in 2010. To celebrate the World Money Fair (the world's largest coin show and numismatic event), the Perth Mint and Talisman Coins are proud to offer this unique and truly scarce precious metals set, with a total mintage of only 5,000!

A bright-eyed Laughing Kookaburra watches and waits on a stump.Each set contains one each of the 2009 Kookaburra and 2010 Kookaburra 1 Ounce Pure Silver Coins - and the 2009 Kooka is completely and utterly sold out at the Mint! The 2009 Kookaburra is the 20th anniversary coin, with the special "P20" mint mark, too! The sets are individually serial numbered and feature the high quality packaging one expects from Australia's precious metal experts. Each oversize, full-color presentation pack encapsulates the two coins and depicts two kookaburras, Australia's most recognizable bird.

The Collectible Kooka!
The kookaburra, or kooka, 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! For 2009, the kooka rests on a tree branch, the rays of the new dawn's rising sun reaching out behind him. For 2010, the kooka is perched fat and sassy. He (or she) sits high a tree branch, surveying its domain.

These beautiful coins are 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 collectibility. 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 you need when you find it.

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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", as well as a more in-depth natural history of this interesting feathered friend!

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Investment Note
Only 5,000 of these special precious metals sets were issued! Each set has a unique serial number guaranteeing its rarity. This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor on a truly scarce yet affordable set that combines two years of the difficult to locate silver Kookaburra, while offering lots of ceiling for increase!

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The back of the 2010 World Money Fair Kookaburra Set

Obverse - 2009
A laughing kookaburra perches on a branch in front of the rising sun. A special Perth Mint "P20" mint mark is judiciously placed to to the lower left, between rays of the sun. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The legend THE AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA and the date are also indicated.

Obverse - 2010
A laughing kookaburra perches on high on a tree branch. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The Perth Mint "P" mint mark is judiciously placed to the right of the tree branch, at the 4:00 position on the edge. The legend THE AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA and the date are also indicated.

Reverse - Both Coins
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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Packaging
This attractive set is packaged in an oversize, full-color presentation pack that includes full specifications for each coin. An individually numbered certificate of authenticity is incorporated in the packaging.

SpecificationsA handsome Laughing Kookaburra waits on a rail.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2009 & 2010
   
Face Value Two Dollars (2 x $1)
Weight 62.27 g (2 x 31.135 g)
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.00 mm
Mintage Limit 5,000 Sets
   
Finish Reverse Proof
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

"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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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.

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.

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