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Australia 2011-P Bush Babies #2 - Baby Dingo Puppy (Native Dog) and Butterfly Coin and Stamp Set with $1 Dollar Official First Day Cover FDC

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A cute baby dingo puppy, 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 cute and adorable dingo puppy or cub.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 ($1.60) and the difficulty one can have in acquiring these PNCs after their initial release! The FDC includes:

• A $1 coin with an adorable baby dingo puppy, nestled in a bed of native flowers and foliage and accompanied by his insect friend, a butterfly.
• A full color postage stamp, with a high face value of 1 dollar and 60 cents.

The stamp is canceled with a special post mark featuring an image of a butterfly, the baby koala's insect friend, and the words:
   Bush Babies
   2 August 2011
   Dingo QLD 4702

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

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The Baby Dingo Puppy $1 Coin & Stamp FDC is the second 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.

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Australia's Native Dog
The Australian Dingo is an ancient, free roaming, primitive canine unique to the continent of Australia, specifically the outback. Its original ancestors are thought to have arrived with humans from southeast Asia thousands of years ago, when dogs were still relatively undomesticated and closer to their wild Asian Gray Wolf parent species, Canis lupus. Since that time, living largely apart from people and other dogs, together with the demands of Australian ecology, has caused them to develop features and instincts that distinguish them from all other canines. Australian Dingoes have maintained ancient characteristics that unite them, along with other primitive dogs, into a taxon named after them, Canis lupus dingo, and has separated them from the domestic dog, Canis lupus familiaris.

Dingoes play an important role in the various ecosystems of Australia; they are apex predators and the largest terrestrial predators on the continent. Due to its habit of attacking livestock and the vulnerability of sheep, dingoes and other wild dogs are seen as a pest by the sheep industry and the resulting control methods normally run counter to dingo conservation efforts.

The dingo is an intelligent, sociable and free-roaming canine unique to Australia. An important animal in Aboriginal culture, the dingo is depicted in many rock carvings and cave paintings.

Today, it is estimated that the majority of the modern "dingoes" are also descended from other domestic dogs. The number of these so-called dingo-hybrids had increased significantly over the last decades and the dingo was therefore classified as vulnerable. "Pure dingos" are getting rare, and are the subject of much debate and conservation efforts.

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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 image is Australian artist Elise Martinson’s original and gorgeous interpretation of a little dingo cub, bright-eyed and alert. An outback setting with the flora and fauna of Australia forms the background, including a butterfly, the dingo puppy's insect "friend". The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously hidden in the flowers. The legend defines the theme: AUSTRALIAN DINGO.

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 obverse and reverse designs. Additional information about the animal and coin specifications are included.
SpecificationsAn adult dingo watches over a litter of dingo puppies at their den.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2011
   
Face Value (Set) 2 Dollars 60 Cents ($1 Coin +$1.60 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

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