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Australia 2010-P Celebrate Australia - UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Greater Blue Mountains & Tree Frog $1 Dollar BU with Color

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Celebrate the glorious diversity and splendor of Australia's natural heritage with this colorful new program!
Sold out at the Mint! The Perth Mint has issued a new series of value priced coins meant to extol the biodiversity and natural beauty of the Land Down Under. Appropriately enough, these five colorful dollars comprise the Celebrate Australia Program. Each coin commemorates one of five different Australian UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The artistic and skillfully rendered design of each coin encompasses two distinct elements unique to its UNESCO World Heritage Site:

Celebrate Australia Great Blue Mountains $1 in Package    • A full color view of the Site's resplendent natural beauty; and
    •An iconic animal of that UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The five different Sites and the animals represented include:
   • Great Barrier Reef & Green Sea Turtle
   • Greater Blue Mountains & Tree Frog
   • Heard and McDonald Islands & Macaroni Penguins
   • Shark Bay & Dugong Sea Cow
   • Tasmanian Wilderness & Eastern Quoll

The Celebrate Australia coins are available either singly or in a complete set of all five dollars! This remarkable and reasonably priced program allows collectors of any means to taste the natural splendor and sample the remarkable diversity of the Island Continent in all its glory! Celebrate Australia!

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A close up view of a Greater Blue Mountains Tree Frog, brown with colorful stripes, posed in front of a waterfall.The Greater Blue Mountains & the "Living Fossil"
The Greater Blue Mountains Area consists of over 1 million hectares of sandstone plateaus, escarpments and gorges dominated by temperate eucalypt forest. It was selected as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. The site is noted for its representation of the evolutionary adaptation and diversification of the eucalypts in post-Gondwana isolation on the Australian continent. Ninety-one eucalypt taxa occur within the Greater Blue Mountains Area. The site provides significant representation of Australia's biodiversity, with ten percent of the vascular flora as well as significant numbers of rare or threatened species, including endemic and evolutionary relict species, such as the Wollemi pine, which have persisted in highly-restricted microsites.

The Australian species Wollemia nobilis (the Wollemi pine) is the sole species in the genus Wollemia. It was discovered by accident in 1994 in a remote series of narrow, steep-sided sandstone gorges near Lithgow in temperate rain forest wilderness area of the Wollemi National Park in New South Wales, 150 kilometers northwest of Sydney. The last known fossils of the genus date from approximately 2 million years ago. The Wollemi pine is thus described as a living fossil, or alternatively, a Lazarus taxon.

Fewer than a hundred trees are known to be growing wild, in three localities not far apart. Genetic testing has revealed that all the specimens are genetically indistinguishable, suggesting that the species has been through a genetic bottleneck in which its population became so low (possibly just one or two individuals) that all genetic variability was lost. The Wollemi pine is one of the world's rarest species.

The Three Sisters
A dramatic view of the Greater Blue Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Site called the Three Sister Rock Formation.The Three Sisters are a famous rock formation in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. They are close to the town of Katoomba and are one of the Blue Mountains' most famous sights, towering above the Jamison Valley. Their names are Meehni, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo.

The Sisters were formed by erosion. The soft sandstone of the Blue Mountains is easily eroded over time by wind, rain and rivers, and the cliffs surrounding the Jamison Valley are being slowly broken up. Formations like the Three Sisters are created when water seeps into small cracks in the rock, gradually enlarging them over time to form large indentations. Eventually, the Sisters will be eroded away completely.

The commonly told of the very legend of the Three Sisters is that three sisters fell in love with three men from a neighboring tribe, but marriage was forbidden by tribal law. Battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder to protect them, but he was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back. This story is said to be an Indigenous Australian (Aboriginal) Dreamtime legend.

The coin’s obverse depicts a full-color image the Three Sisters rock formation as seen from Echo Point. The design includes a Blue Mountain Tree Frog, an arboreal inhabitant that frequents the regions rocky rivers and streams.

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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 coin’s obverse depicts a full-color image the Three Sisters rock formation as seen from Echo Point. The design includes a Blue Mountain Tree Frog, an arboreal inhabitant that frequents the regions rocky rivers and streams. The legend reads GREATER BLUE MOUNTAINS. The Perth Mint "P" mint mark also appears.

Reverse
The reverse features 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, the date and the denomination also appear.

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Packaging
Each coin is sealed inside a full color, lavishly illustrated presentation card with fold out stand for upright display.

SpecificationsA close up view of a Greater Blue Mountains Tree Frog, green with colorful stripes, posed on a wet rock.
Country Australia
Year of Issue 2010
   
Face Value (Set) One Dollar
Weight 13.80 grams
Diameter 30.20 mm
Gauge (Thickness) 3.10 mm
   
Finish Brilliant Uncirculated with Color
Composition Aluminum Bronze
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Aleysha Howarth (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)

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