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Australia 2011-P ANDA Coin Show Special Edition #2 Melbourne - Celebrate Australia - Macaroni Penguins & Heard Island and McDonald Islands UNESCO World Heritage Site $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color

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Beautiful design, EXCEEDINGLY LOW MINTAGE (limit of only 2,500), pure silver dollar, color and penguin theme make for a great investment!!

Sold out at the Mint!This Silver Dollar may be available as part of a specially discounted Complete 5-Coin Collection - click here to see if it is!

The 2010 Celebrate Australia - Animals Complete 5-Coin Collection is also available (at a value price!), as is the 2009 Celebrate Australia - Animals Complete 8-Coin Collection, which is long sold out at the Mint! For pure silver dollars, check out the Celebrate Australian Cities Complete 4-Coin Silver Dollar Collection, as well as the Celebrate Australia Animals Complete 8-Coin Silver Dollar Collection - just click on the titles to go straight to these Celebrate Australia Sets!

An interesting view of Macaroni Penguins on Heard Island, each displaying its namesake crest.The ANDA (Australian Numismatic Dealers Association) held its third show of 2011 in Melbourne in July. To celebrate this numismatic gathering in Australia's second largest city, the Perth Mint and Talisman Coins are proud to offer this unique and truly scarce, pure silver penguin coin, with a total of only 2,500 silver dollars being issued! What's more, this is only the second silver release in the extremely popular Celebrate Australia - UNESCO World Heritage Sites Program. This coin combines a highly popular animal motif with an aesthetically superior design. Add in the ridiculously low mintage limit, the pure silver and the proof finish with full color, and you've got a sure winner!

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Series Note
The Perth Mint's second Celebrate Australia series extols the biodiversity and natural beauty of the Land Down Under. Each coin commemorates a 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:

    • 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
    • Heard and McDonald Islands & Macaroni Penguins
    • Greater Blue Mountains & Tree Frog
    • Tasmanian Wilderness & Eastern Quoll
    • Shark Bay & Dugong Sea Cow

A close up view of a Macaroni Penguin on Heard Island, fully showing its namesake crest.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!

This is the second release in the new, 2nd Celebrate Australia Silver Dollar Program! This new series follows hot on the heels of the popular, exciting, and low-mintage first Celebrate Australia series of Coin Show Specials. Silver dollars in the first program include:

    1)  Queensland, Great Barrier Reef & Sea Turtle
    2)  Victoria, Melbourne Train Station & Penguin
    3)  Northern Territories & Saltwater Crocodile
    4)  New South Wales, Sydney & Koala
    5)  Australian Capital Territory, Canberra & Cockatoo
    6)  South Australia, Adelaide & Wombat
    7)  Tasmania, Cradle Mountain & Tasmanian Devil
    8)  Western Australia, Perth & Kangaroo

Please click on the links above for more detailed information and background on each particular coin. The mintage limits are exceedingly low for Australian silver dollars, so please, don't delay - get your Celebrate Australia Special Edition Silver Proofs today!

Click here for all the coins in the Celebrate Australia program!

Discounted Sets!
There may be specially discounted bonus packs and sets of these outstanding coins available. Try the following options:

    • Special Bonus Discount 3-Pack consisting of coins 5, 6 & 7 above.
    • Australian Cities 4-Coin Silver Proof Set consisting of coins 1, 2, 4 & 5 above.
    • Special Bonus Discount 8-Pack! The Complete 8-Coin Collection of Eight Silver Dollars,consisting of
    the Australian Cities 4-Coin Set (coins 1, 2, 4 & 5) + four singles (3, 6, 7 & 8).

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An interesting view of an adult Macaroni Penguin standing on Heard Island, 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.

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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Investment Note
We like this coin for several reasons. It is large (40.60 mm diameter), struck in pure silver, and is very handsomely colored. Animals in general, and penguins in particular, are very popular themes with collectors. Finally, the mintage limit for this coin is exceedingly low for an Australian silver dollar - only 2,500, with more releases to follow in this series. Don't delay, we recommend one of these great colored silver proofs today!

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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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Australia 2011 Celebrate Australia Heard + McDonald Islands $1 in boxObverse
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 legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The Perth Mint "P" mint mark also appears.

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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 QUEEN ELIZABETH II and denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a handsome taupe leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2011
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    2,500
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ryan Vanderwiel (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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