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Australia 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012-P Koala Bear - Special Bonus Discount 4-Pack - $5 1/25 Ounce .9999 Pure Gold Proof Set
(You save $180.00)
This DEEPLY DISCOUNTED 4-Pack of hard-to-find, pure gold Proof Koalas makes for a great investment!
This listing is for the Special Bonus Discount Koala $5 1/25 Ounce 4-Pack of pure gold proof koalas. These four different koala designs comprise the following four, limited mintage koala .9999 fine gold proofs:
1) 2009 Smiling Koala 1/25 Ounce Pure Gold Proof (SKU 64326)
2) 2010 Hungry Koala 1/25 Ounce Pure Gold Proof (SKU 64460)
3) 2011 Mother & Baby Koala 1/25 Ounce Pure Gold Proof (SKU 64587)
4) 2012 Sleeping Koala 1/25 Ounce Pure Gold Proof (SKU 64697)
For more information and specifications about each individual Pure Gold Koala, please click on the links above.
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Four Cuddly Koalas, One Low Price!
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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 with deeply mirrored fields (background)! 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 15,000, it's also an excellent investment consideration!
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This beautiful coin is latest addition to the highly collectible series of Australian Koala Gold Proofs. 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
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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The marvelous minting and refining technologies of the Perth Mint have brought us this petite gold proof, in a purity (99.99%) that puts other, larger gold coins to shame!
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For 2012, a sleepy, tuckered out koala bear takes a nap or siesta on the branch of an eucalyptus tree that forms its native habitat. The Perth Mint "P" mint mark is judiciously located above the koala's back, near the 10:00 position near the rim. The legend 1/25 OZ 9999 GOLD guarantees the weight and purity.
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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Each 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.
|Mint||Perth Mint of Australia|
|Year of Issue||2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012|
|Face Value||20 Dollars (4 x 5 Dollars)|
|Weight||4.976 g (4 x 1.244 g)|
|Gauge (Thickness)||1.40 mm|
|Mintage Limit||15,000 each single coin|
|Composition||.9999 Fine (Pure) Gold|
|Edge||Reeded (milled, serrated)|
|Artist||Perth Mint engravers (obverse) |
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)