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Australia 2011-P Bush Babies #1 - Baby Koala Joey and Cicada Coin and Stamp Set with $1 Dollar Official First Day Cover FDC

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A cute baby koala, a high face value and very limited availability make this unique coin & stamp first day cover a must-have!

The Complete 5-Coin Collection consisting of all five different Bush Babies First Day Coin & Stamp Covers may be available - click here to see if it is!

Sold out at the Mint!Australia Post and the Perth Mint have teamed up to create this charming coin and stamp first day of issue cover (FDC) that celebrates the unique Bush Babies Program of wildlife coins, designed by Australian artist Elise Martinson. In Australia, first day covers are referred to as Postal Numismatic Covers (PNCs).

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.A Set Collectors Will Love!
This handsome wildlife-themed set will please both numismatists and philatelists (coin collectors and stamps collectors, respectively). Extremely beautiful, collectible and a superb value, it is important to note the high face value ($2.35) and the difficulty one can have in acquiring these PNCs after their initial release! The FDC includes:

• A $1 coin with an adorable baby koala bear, nestled in a bed of golden wattle and accompanied by his insect friend, a cicada.
• A full color postage stamp, with a high face value of 2 dollars and 35 cents.

The stamp is canceled with a special post mark featuring an image of a cicada, the baby koala's insect friend, and the words:
   Bush Babies
   1 July 2011
   Merrigum VIC 3618

All are housed in an oversize, colorfully illustrated envelope which bears an image of the cute baby koala.

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The Baby Koala Joey $1 Coin & Stamp FDC is the first in the new and exciting Bush Babies First Day Cover Series, to be released by the Perth Mint. Coins featuring the following native Australian marsupials (except the dingo) are planned:

    Koala
    Dingo
    Bilby
    Sugar Glider
    Kangaroo

Click here to view all the coins in the Bush Babies Series!

Adorable Bush Babies!
Display box for the Bush Babies 5-Coin Set The native Australian fauna has generated curiosity since the first Europeans set foot on the island continent. Most Australian mammals belong to the class Marsupialia, characterized by a distinctive pouch (called the marsupium), in which females carry their young through early infancy. These young are unique in that they are born helpless and live the mother's pouch before being able to venture forth to explore their habitat. Celebrating five adorable baby animals, the stunning new Bush Babies Program of first day cover coin & stamps sets is certain to enjoy the incredible popularity of the Sea Life - The Reef series that preceded it.

The koala is a truly unique animal, looking like a living stuffed animal, and the young bear depicted here is no exception - we think he may be the cutest of all the Bush Babies! Like three of the other four mammals of the Bush Babies Program, the koala is a marsupial (the Dingo is the only non-marsupial of the bunch). The baby koala depicted on this coin looks contented as he sits against a background of golden wattle, waratah and flowering gums, fat and sassy with his cicada friend.

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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.

See the article at the end of this presentation for some Koala Fun Facts!

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Elise Martinson is an Australian artist, graphic designer, and illustrator who loves animals.About the Artist
The creator of the original artwork for both the coins and the colorful, outer boxes for the Bush Babies series is Elise Martinson. 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. Several of her better-known projects for the Mint are the Outer Space Dollars 9-Coin Set, the Backyard Bugs Dollars 9-Coin Set, and the 2009 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.

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Obverse
Coin & Stamp Set package The central, color image is Australian artist Elise Martinson’s original and gorgeous interpretation of a baby koala, bright-eyed and alert. This cuddly guy is set against a background of golden wattle, waratah and flowering gums, engraved in frosted cameo relief, and includes his insect friend a cicada. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously hidden in the grasses. The legend defines the theme: AUSTRALIAN KOALA.

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 date and denomination are indicated, and the legends ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA also appear.

Packaging
The coin is housed inside a full color, blister pack card that fits inside a similarly illustrated envelope with a circular window revealing the coin’s reverse and obverse designs.

SpecificationsA cute and cuddly koala climbs the eucalyptus tree. MUST...GET...LEAVES
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2011
   
Face Value (Set) 3 Dollars 35 Cents ($1 Coin +$2.35 Stamp)
Weight 13.80 grams
Diameter 30.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness) 3.10 mm
   
Finish Brilliant Uncirculated
Composition Aluminum Bronze
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Elise Martinson (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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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