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Australia 2011-P Duck-Billed Platypus Dreaming $1 Pure Silver Rectangular Dollar Reverse Proof

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Get the bizarre platypus on this this affordable, rectangular animal-themed reverse proof dollar, struck in pure silver!

The designer of this intriguing, rectangular silver dollar is none other than Darryl Bellotti, who has also designed the Australian Koala coins and the Discover Australia - The Dreaming silver, gold and platinum animal coins. He is an indigenous or native Australian, what we call an Aborigine, who for generations untold coexisted with the endemic Australian animals, hunting them as necessary but always respecting their Spirits. This ingot- or bar-shaped coin symbolizes the native people's entering the Dreaming - and it's Australian legal tender, too!

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The duck-billed platypus is a mammal, despite its bizarre appearance, with its otter-like feet and beaver-like tail.According to Aboriginal belief, all life - human, animal, bird and fish - is part of a vast unchanging network of relationships, which can be traced back to the great spirit ancestors of the Dreamtime. The platypus is no exception.

Platypuses are amazing creatures, found only in Australia. They live beside freshwater rivers and lakes, where they create burrows for shelter and protection.The platypus has a number of different Aboriginal names, including boondaburra, mallingong and tambreet. In traditional Australian culture, the platypus occupies a very special, almost sacred, role, and is one of the few animals that it is considered taboo to hunt or eat.

The Duck-Billed Platypus
The bizarre appearance of this egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they saw the first specimens from Australia - some even considered it an elaborate fraud! It is one of the few venomous mammals - the male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans. The unique features of the platypus make it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology and a recognizable and iconic symbol of Australia; it has appeared as a mascot at national events and is featured on the reverse of the Australian 20 cent coin. The platypus is the animal emblem of the state of New South Wales.

The duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a semi-aquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. It is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae) and genus (Ornithorhynchus), though a number of related species have been found in the fossil record.

Until the early 20th century it was hunted for its fur, but it is now protected throughout its range. Although captive breeding programs have had only limited success and the platypus is vulnerable to the effects of pollution, it is not under any immediate threat.

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The Dreaming and the Dreamtime
An original native Australian (or aboriginal) rock drawing of animals at Ubirr. The aboriginal ideas of the Dreaming and the Dreamtime are spiritual concepts, related to but distinct from each other. In both cases the concepts were transliterated into English words that do not do them justice. The translations are inadequate and nearly completely unrelated to the Western concept of dreams.

The Dreamtime is the "Time Before Time", or the sacred "once upon a time" of the Aborigines. During the Dreamtime, the ancestral, totemic Spirit Beings formed all of creation. Traditional Australian indigenous peoples embrace all phenomena and life as part of a vast, complex system of relationships which can be traced directly back to the ancestral totemic Spirit Beings of the Dreamtime. Different spirits inhabit each and every aspect of creation, so the echoes of the Dreamtime can be seen and felt everywhere.

The Dreaming refers to an individual's or group's set of beliefs or spirituality. For instance, an Indigenous Australian might say that s/he has Kangaroo Dreaming, or Shark Dreaming, or Honey Ant Dreaming, or any combination of Dreamings pertinent to his or her spiritual being. The Dreamtime laid down the patterns of life for the Aboriginal people, while the Dreaming is the spirituality passed on from the inception of creation.

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Aboriginal or native Indigenous Australian artist Darryl Bellotti, creator of the Discover Australia - The Dreaming series of silver, gold and platinum proof animal coins for the Perth Mint, takes a break from his work with one of his designs on the computer monitor screen!About The Artist
The Platypus Dreaming coins (as well as the Dolphin, Kangaroo and Turtle Dreaming designs) were created by Darryl Bellotti, an Australian Indigenous (aboriginal) artist of both Yamatji and Nyoongar descent. Bellotti is inspired by his boyhood memories of hunting trips in northwestern Australia, where he observed the unique fauna of the island continent and was guided by his elders. He is also the designer of the annual Koala silver and gold releases, as well as the Discover Australia - The Dreaming coins.

The aboriginal art depicts the animal surrounded by patterns. The frosted table or background on which the animal figure appears is reminiscent of the Dreamtime. The design around each animal represents the knowledge of the aborigine - the dots are the hunter's footprints along the path, while the ringed circles symbolize the locations where the huntsman stops to ensnare his prey.

There is huge international interest in Australian Indigenous art. Created through the millennia on rocks, on bark, on canvas and in sculpture, the oldest ongoing artistic tradition in the world stretches back tens of thousands of years.

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The 2011 Platypus Dreaming coin comes in eleborate, full color packaging. A playful platypus swims and frolics in his riverine home. There are no legends on the obverse, to enhance the beauty of the design, though the Perth Mint's "P" Mint Mark appears in the upper left corner of the coin.

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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 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.

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Each rectangular coin is sealed in a beautifully illustrated presentation pack, housed in a full-color outer folder. Each package includes an explanation of the artist’s design inspiration and a facsimile of Darryl Bellotti’s signature. The pack also incorporates a certificate of authenticity.

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Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2011
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Dimensions 47.60 mm x 27.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)    4.00 mm
Finish Obv: Proof
Rev: Reverse Proof
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
Artist Darryl Bellotti (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)


About The Artist - Darryl Bellotti, Indigenous Coin Designer
Aboriginal or native Indigenous Australian artist Darryl Bellotti, creator of the Discover Australia - The Dreaming series of silver, gold and platinum proof animal coins for the Perth Mint, takes a break from his work with one of his designs on the computer monitor screen!Much of the inspiration for Darryl Bellotti's stunning artistic creations comes from traditional Aboriginal art. Yet there is a contemporary, innovative feel to his work that stamps it with his own unique style. “You will identify it as Australian Indigenous art, but I also want you to recognize it as mine as soon as you see it,” is the way he explains his aim.

Darryl deliberately sets out to challenge people's understanding of what they perceive as Indigenous art. For example, he resists the use of too many dots, which would not have been successful in the context of his coin designs. He also strives for a modern edge, finding the design technology available at the Mint to be helpful. “I am an Indigenous person of Australia, but I'm also modern in the way that I can create artwork on the computer,” he says.

A single example of each of a silver, gold and platinum proof coin of the Discover Australia - The Dreaming Series of precious metal, aboriginal or native Indigenous Australian design coins from the Perth Mint. Behind the designs for the Discover Australia - The Dreaming Series lies Darryl's fascination with the interaction of Australia's native wildlife within the vast and varied landscape. The inspiration for each piece emerges as he imagines himself in the midst of the natural environment, where he relives the experience of its colors, warmth, textures and sounds in his mind. It comes naturally to him, having been brought up for an expected life in the bush.

Intensely familiar with many Australian native animals, Darryl observes them in his mind's eye, searching for a telling movement or posture which will reveal its experience. The different treatments of the kangaroo illustrate the result of this contemplative process.

Aboriginal or native Indigenous Australian artist Darryl Bellotti, creator of the Discover Australia - The Dreaming series of silver, gold and platinum proof animal coins for the Perth Mint, takes a break from his work to demonstrate one of his creations! On the silver coin he shows its power and speed – a reaction maybe to being startled by a predator or a bush fire. The colored element, symbolizing Australia's red dirt, seemingly explodes beneath the impact of its feet.

In contrast, the gold coin portrays the animal in a calm mood – its relaxed, comfortable stance revealing a tranquil, undisturbed moment, maybe at dusk as it comes out to feed.

With his platinum designs, Darryl subtly reminds us that the animals existed in harmony with the land long before the appearance of mankind. References to courtship rituals and progeny are used to symbolize their ancient process of renewal.

Aboriginal or native Indigenous Australian artists Darryl Bellotti, creator of the Discover Australia - The Dreaming series of silver, gold and platinum proof coins for the Perth Mint, takes a break from his work at the Mint! “I have an inherent ability to tell a story,” Darryl explains, “My art, as well as the music I write, is art of my story telling.” In the case of The Dreaming Series, it conveys the respect he has for the animals in the beauty of their own environment. The message reflects his optimism for the future. “It feels as though everyone is starting to wake up and see things the way my people have been taught for so long through ancient stories about the Dreaming

Each coin design, depicted with fluid shapes and patterns inspired by nature, represents Darryl's tribute to the animal. “My main hope is that people might say, 'Oh, why is this happening?', or 'Why is the animal doing that?' They may never have even seen a brolga before. If they think it's beautiful, they might learn a bit more about it. They might want to learn about the traditional people who live on the land inhabited by these animals.”

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