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Australia 2011 Berlin World Money Fair WMF Coin Show Special Edition 2-Coin Set - 2011-P Koala & 2011-P Kookaburra $1 Pure Silver Dollars Reverse Proof

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A highly-collectible Kookaburra, a cute Koala and baby, and a mintage of only 2,000 make for a great investment!

Sold out at the Mint!The annual World Money Fair (WMF) was held in Berlin early in 2011. 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 2,000! This is far, far lower than the 5,000 of last year's WMF Special Edition Set - and that set sold out extremely quickly!

A bright-eyed Laughing Kookaburra watches and waits on a stump.Each set contains one each of the 2011 Kookaburra and 2011 Koala 1 Ounce Pure Silver Coins! 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 a Kookaburra and a Koala, two of Australia's most recognizable animals, in their natural habitat.

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The Collectible Kooka & Koala!
The kookaburra (or kooka) and koalaare two of the iconic symbols of Australia, made all the more desirable by the Perth Mint's execution of these handsome animals in pure silver, artistically rendered in an unique, reverse proof finish! For 2011, a single kookaburra stretches his wings on a tree stump as he prepares to launch and take flight. On the Koala issue, a bright-eyed baby joey watches us from the fork of a gum or eucalyptus tree, while itself being observed by the watchful eye of the mother koala.

The 2011 Kookaburra and 2011 Koala are both part of two highly desired, highly collectible series of one ounce beauties: the Pure Silver Kookaburras and the Pure Silver Koalas. The obverse design of both series changes each year, further enhancing their collectibility. The reverse features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of the British Commonwealth, of which Australia is a member. The Pure Silver Kookaburra and Pure Silver Koala each have a face value of one dollar and can be difficult to locate, much less in pristine condition, so we advise you to acquire the ones you need when you find them.

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A cute and cuddly koala climbs the eucalyptus tree. MUST...GET...LEAVESDespite its appearance, the koala bear isn't really a bear at all, but rather a marsupial. Nonetheless it fascinates us because it's so darn cute - it looks like a living teddy bear! Appearances can be deceiving here, too, because koalas aren't cuddly, either. They are arboreal (tree-dwelling), so they have very strong, sharp claws for climbing (and their bite can cause injury, as well).

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 2,000 of these special precious metals sets were issued! This is even lower than the 5,000 of last year's WMF Special Edition Set - and that set sold out extremely quickly!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 different, difficult to locate silver coins (each depicting an iconic Australian animal), while offering lots of ceiling for increase!

The back of the 2011 WMF Koala + Kookaburra Set

Obverse - Koala
A bright-eyed baby joey watches us from the fork of a gum or eucalyptus tree, while itself being observed by the watchful eye of the mother koala. The Perth Mint "P" mint mark is judiciously located in the bark of the right fork of the tree at the 2:30 position near the rim. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The legend AUSTRALIAN KOALA and the date are also indicated.

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Obverse - Kookaburra
A single kookaburra stretches his wings on a tree stump as he prepares to launch and take flight. 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 stump, at the 5:00 position on the edge. The legend AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA and the date are also indicated.

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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 2011
   
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 2,000 Sets
   
Finish Reverse Proof
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Packaging Encapsulated

"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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A mother koala eats the tasty leaves of the eucalyptus tree while her young joey pokes his head out of her pouch to see what's going on.Koala Fun Facts
You'd think that it couldn't get any more odd than a living stuffed animal that spends its entire life in, and only eats the leaves of, one kind of tree. If so, you'd be wrong - koalas are among Nature's most unusual and unique creatures. Here's a couple of other oddities about these fascinating fur balls.

Koalas are often thought to be silent, and they are most of the time, but males have a very loud mating call that can be heard for a distance of about one kilometer away during the breeding season! When attacked, koalas may issue a loud cry, which is often likened to that of a human baby.

The koala bear is one of the few mammals (other than primates) that has fingerprints. Koala fingerprints are remarkably similar to human fingerprints - even when viewed with an electron microscope, it can be quite difficult for an expert to distinguish between the two!

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