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Australia 2010-P Celebrate Australia - UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Heard Island and McDonald Islands & Macaroni Penguins $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 Heard Island $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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An interesting view of Macaroni Penguins on Heard Island, each displaying its namesake crest.Heard Island and the McDonald Islands
Heard Island and the McDonald Islands (often abbreviated as HIMI) are an Australian external territory and volcanic group of barren Antarctic islands, about two-thirds of the way from Madagascar to Antarctica, approximately 2550 miles southwest of Perth, 2390 miles southwest of Cape Leeuwin, Australia, 2610 miles southeast of South Africa, 2380 miles southeast of Madagascar, 1010 miles north of Antarctica, and 280 miles southeast of Kerguelen Island. They are located in the Great Southern Ocean according to the Australian definition but not according to the International Hydrographic Organization definition.

Discovered in the mid-19th century, Heard Island and the McDonald Islands have been territories of Australia since 1947 and contain the only two active volcanoes in Australian territory, one of which, Mawson Peak, is the highest Australian mountain. The group's overall size is 141 square miles (372 square kilometers in area and it has 63 miles of coastline. The islands are uninhabited, and were selected as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. They are among the most remote places on earth.

The islands are part of the Southern Indian Ocean Islands tundra ecoregion that includes several subantarctic islands. In this cold climate plant life is mainly limited to grasses, mosses and lichens. The main indigenous animals are insects along with large populations of ocean-going seabirds, seals and penguins, including the Macaroni Penguin.

A close up view of a Macaroni Penguin on Heard Island, fully showing its namesake crest.The Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) is a species of penguin found from the Subantarctic to the Antarctic Peninsula. One of six species of crested penguin, it is very closely related to the Royal Penguin, and some authorities consider the two to be a single species. It bears a distinctive yellow crest, and the face and upper parts are black and sharply delineated from the white underparts. Adults weigh on average 12 pounds (5.5 kg) and measure about 28 inches (70 cm) in length. The male and female are similar in appearance although the male is slightly larger with a relatively larger bill. Like all penguins, they are flightless, with a streamlined body and wings stiffened and flattened into flippers for a marine lifestyle.

The coin’s obverse depicts a full-color image the rugged landscape of Heard Island, including Mount Mawson volcano and the Big Ben Massif in the background. The design includes a number of crested Macaroni Penguins, one of several species of this flightless bird that breed there.

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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 rugged landscape of Heard Island, including Mount Mawson volcano and the Big Ben Massif in the background. The design includes a number of crested Macaroni Penguins, one of several species of this flightless bird that breed there. The legend reads HEARD ISLAND & MCDONALD ISLANDS. 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.
Specifications
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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