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Australia 2009-P Kookaburra 20th Anniversary 20-Coin 1/20 Ounce .9999 Pure Gold Proof Set

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Twenty unique, pure proofs - and did we mention that they're GOLD KOOKABURRAS?!

Sold out at the Mint! In 2009 the prestigious Australian Kookaburra celebrates its 20th anniversary. The Kookaburra is the flagship coin program of the historic Perth Mint, and beloved of numismatists the world over since its introduction in 1990. Known for its annually changing, one-year-only designs and intricate detailing, it's no wonder the Kooka is the most-collected Australian coin. Alas, over the years gold Kookaburras have been very few and far between, making this set a must-have for collectors of the silver Kooka. All twenty designs are unique, replicating the first twenty years of the silver Kookaburra series. Even better, none of these handsome, pure gold proofs is found anywhere else - they can only be obtained in this special set! Each coin bears the special P20 mint mark on the obverse, to mark this landmark anniversary.

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Some of the coins featured in the Kookaburra 20-coin Gold Proof SetAn Unique Set, An Outstanding Value
Fortune smiles whenever one gets a chance to own a multi-coin gold proof set. However, upon spying this 20-Coin Gold Proof Set, Fortune is grinning from ear to ear! Think about it - twenty gold coins, each 99.99% pure, each with an unique design, and each stuck in gleaming proof finish! This is such a rare opportunity, we can honestly say we can't think of any similar collection, much less one with such a low mintage limit (appropriately, only 2,009 sets).

Befitting the significance of this milestone release, the complete collection of twenty, exquisitely frosted cameo proof Kookaburras is presented in a luxurious metallic-black presentation case, handsomely embossed with the Perth Mint’s swan logo on the lid, with a stylishly designed protective outer box. As one would expect, each set is accompanied by an individually numbered certificate of authenticity.

Best of all is the price! Normally, one must pay a significantly greater price for 20 fractionals than for one larger gold coin (this is called the minting premium, and normally would be 20 times more for this set than for a single). Not in this case, however! A special purchase allows us to offer this set of 20 proof finish beauties for one low price. That is, there is no greater premium for this 20-Coin Set than for a single, one ounce gold proof!


20 Years of Kookaburras in Pure Gold - The Complete Collection!
The complete set of 20 Gold Kookaburras!
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Investment Note

The Mint will strike no more than 2,009 of these luxurious gold sets! Each contains one full ounce of four nines pure gold, handily divided into 20 1/20 Ounce proofs - and not a one is available separately! We heartily recommend this tremendous collection as a long term buy-and-hold, both for its rarity, its unique nature (20 fractional gold pieces in one set), and its significant precious metal content.

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Technology Note
The marvelous minting and refining technologies of the Perth Mint have brought us these petite gold proofs, in a purity (99.99%) that puts other, larger gold coins to shame!

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The 2009 Kookaburra 20-Coin Gold Proof Set full package

What's So Funny?
A handsome Laughing Kookaburra waits on a rail. 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.

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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.

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".

Obverse

Each coin bears the unique, one-year-only design of the original kookaburra release from the years 1990-2009 inclusive and carries the exclusive Perth Mint "P20" mint markto commemorate the 20th anniversary of the series. There are no legends on the obverse, to enhance the beauty of each design.

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 1/20 OZ 9999 GOLD guarantees the weight and purity. The legends ELIZABETH II, the date and the denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coins are encapsulated inside a luxurious metallic-black presentation case, handsomely embossed with the Perth Mint’s swan logo on the lid, with a stylishly designed protective outer box. Each set is accompanied by an individually numbered certificate of authenticity.

SpecificationsA bright-eyed Laughing Kookaburra watches and waits on a stump.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2009
   
Face Value 100 Dollars (20 x $5)
Weight 31.12 g (20 x 1.556 g)
Diameter 14.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)     1.40 mm
Mintage Limit 2,009
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
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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