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Australia 2011-P Koala Bear Mother and Baby Joey in Fork of Eucalyptus Gum Tree Branch $15 1/10 Ounce .9999 Pure Gold Proof

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A mother koala keeps a watchful eye on her baby joey from the fork of an eucalyptus tree on this affordable, pure gold beauty!

Sold out at the Mint! The koala is one of the iconic symbols of Australia, made all the more desirable by the Perth Mint's execution of this cute and cuddly critter in four 9s pure gold, artistically rendered in a frosted cameo proof finish! Even better is the price! Leave it to the Perth Mint to make the luxury of a .9999 fine gold proof affordable for everyone! With its low mintage of only 5,000, it's also an excellent investment consideration!

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. This beautiful coin is latest addition to the highly collectible series of Australian Koala coins. The obverse design of this series, with the koala bear, changes each year, further enhancing its collectibility. The reverse features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of the British Commonwealth, of which Australia is a member. This Pure Gold Koala has a face value of five dollars and can be difficult to locate, much less in pristine condition, so we advise you to acquire one when you find them.

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A Most Unusual and Surprising Bear!
Despite 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).

Koala bears live nearly their entire lives in the eucalyptus (gum) tree, where they feed almost exclusively on its leaves. They have a very low metabolism for a mammal, so they spend up to 20 hours a day resting and sleeping (and the rest mostly eating). Eucalypt leaves are high in toxic chemicals such as phenols and terpenes, which only the koala has adapted to deal with - the toxins are neutralized in its specialized liver.

Marsupials are unusual, and, many scientists believe, more primitive, mammals. Their best-known characteristic is the pouch for their young, and the koala is no exception. The babies, called joeys, are only a quarter-inch long when born, and enter the world hairless, blind and earless, so the safety of mother koala's pouch is a necessity for its first six months of life. For its second half-year the joey will generally ride on mom's back.

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Koala Fun Facts
A cute and cuddly koala climbs the eucalyptus tree. MUST...GET...LEAVESYou'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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Technology Note

The marvelous minting and refining technologies of the Perth Mint have brought us this affordable gold proof, in a purity (99.99%) that puts other, larger gold coins to shame!

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Elise Martinson is an Australian artist, graphic designer, and illustrator who loves animals.About the Artist
The designer of the 2011 Koala program vignette is Elise Martinson, who is also the creator of the original artwork for both the coins and the colorful, outer boxes for the Bush Babies series. Elise is an Australian artist, graphic designer, and illustrator who loves animals (as you can see from her photo!). After studying multimedia design for four years and then working for year and a half as a graphic designer, she became eager to follow her dreams of creating 3D art for games or movies. Realizing that the limiting factor to 2D and 3D artwork was not software knowledge, but rather the ability to create concepts and accurately render them, she is now dedicated to further cultivating her drawing ability. Elise currently designs both coins and graphic artwork for the Perth Mint, and still hopes to break into the games industry one day as a concept or production artist. Two of her better-known projects for the Mint are the Outer Space Dollars 9-Coin Set and the Celebrate Australia Series of $1 Coins. Elise was formerly a resident of Melbourne, Victoria but now resides in Perth, Western Australia. Here are links for Elise Martinson's online blog and her professional website.

The 2011 Koala 1/25th Ounce Goold Proof $15 from the Perth Mint of Australia in its box of issueObverse
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 1/10 OZ 9999 GOLD guarantees the weight and purity.

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 ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, luxury presentation case with a native Australian jarrah wood lid, protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.
SpecificationsShhh, don't wake him! This poor guy is all tuckered out after a day eating eucalyptus leaves! A cute koala bear takes a nap, smartly perched in the crook of a tree.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2011
   
Face Value 15 Dollars
Weight 3.111 g
Diameter 16.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)     1.50 mm
Mintage Limit 5,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Elise Martinson (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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