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Australia 2012-P Australian Map Shaped Wildlife Coin #2 - Emu (Flightless Bird) $1 Pure Silver Dollar Reverse Proof with Color

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Tremendously popular new series! Australian map shaped Emu pure silver dollar - with color! And the mintage is only 6,000!

Sold out at the Mint!Here's the secondin the new, exciting Australian Map Shaped Coin Program - and it features the huge, flightless, ostrich-like bird, the emu! The Perth Mint and Talisman Coins are proud to bring you an incredible new addition to your unusually-shaped coin collection! This one ounce, pure silver dollar is thesecond in a new series of wildlife-themed, map-shaped coins from the Mint! It depicts a large, adult emu against a vibrantly colored background of a rural bush or outback scene, with a reverse proof finish. With its extremely limited mintage of only 6,000, odd-shaped-coin collectors will snatch this one up in record time, just like the first in the series, the Map-Shaped Kookaburra!

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Investment Note - This is the second of a new series of Map Shaped Wildlife Coins and will be in heavy demand for years to come as the series progresses! With a total mintage limit of only 6,000, this coin sold out at the Mint in record time! We strongly recommend this bold and handsome design as an excellent buy-and-hold! Our advice - do not delay, get in on the ground floor while you can!

An Australian emu, a large, flightless bird that is a member of the ratite family that also includes ostriches.Australia's Largest Bird!
The Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is the largest bird native to Australia and the only extant member of the genus Dromaius. It is also the second-largest living bird in the world by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich. There are three extant subspecies of Emus in Australia. The Emu is common over most of mainland Australia, although it avoids heavily populated areas, dense forest, and arid areas.

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These soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds reach up to 6-1/2 feet (2 meters) in height. They have long thin necks and legs. Emus can travel great distances at a fast, economical trot and, if necessary, can sprint at about 30 mph (50 km/h) for some distance at a time. Their long legs allow them to take strides of up to 9 feet (275 centimeters). They are opportunistically nomadic and may travel long distances to find food; they feed on a variety of plants and insects, but have been known to go weeks without food. They also ingest stones, glass shards and bits of metal that help squash food in the digestive system. They drink infrequently, often once every day or two, and can ingest copious fluids when the opportunity arises. Emus will sit in water and are also able to swim. They are curious and nosy animals who are known to follow and watch other animals and humans. Emus do not sleep continuously at night but in several short stints sitting down.

Emus have a nail on their toes, akin to a knife, which is used in kicking away predators and opponent Emus. Their legs are among the strongest of any animals, allowing them to rip metal wire fences. They are endowed with good eyesight and hearing, which allows them to detect predators in the vicinity. The plumage on an eye varies regionally, matching the surrounding environment and improving its camouflage. The feathers allow the Emu to prevent heat from flowing into the skin, permitting it to be active during the midday heat. They can tolerate a wide range of temperatures and thermoregulate effectively. Males and females are hard to distinguish visually, but can be differentiated by the types of loud sounds they emit by manipulating an inflatable neck sac.

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Emus breed in May and June and are not monogamous; fighting among females for a mate is common. Females can mate several times and lay several batches of eggs in one season. The animals put on weight before the breeding season, and the male does most of the incubation, losing significant weight during this time as he does not eat. The eggs hatch after around eight weeks, and the young are nurtured by their fathers. They reach full size after around six months, but can remain with their family until the next breeding season half a year later. Emus can live between 10 and 20 years in the wild and are preyed on by dingos, eagles and hawks. They can jump and kick to avoid dingos, but against eagles and hawks, they can only try to run and swerve.

The Tasmanian Emu subspecies that previously inhabited Tasmania became extinct after the European settlement of Australia in 1788; and the distribution of the mainland subspecies has been influenced by human activities. Once common on the east coast, Emus are now uncommon; by contrast, the development of agriculture and the provision of water for stock in the interior of the continent have increased the range of the Emu in arid regions, and it is neither endangered or vulnerable. They were a food and fuel source for indigenous Australians and early European settlers. Emus are farmed for their meat, oil, and leather. Emu is a lean meat and, while it is often claimed by marketers that the oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects, this has not been scientifically verified in humans. The Emu is an important cultural icon of Australia. It appears on the coat of arms, various coins, features prominently in Indigenous Australian mythology, and hundreds of places are named after the bird.

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2012 Emu Map-Shaped $1 in boxTechnology Note
The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

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A large, adult emu against a vibrantly colored background of a rural bush or outback scene. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The Perth Mint "P" mint mark is judiciously placed in the southwest corner of the continent, south of Perth, near the edge. The legend EMU and the date are also indicated.

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A mirrored portrait of 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 and denomination also appear.

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The coin is encapsulated inside a handsome taupe leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2012
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Width 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.52 mm
Mintage Limit    6,000
Finish Reverse Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
Artist Ing Ing Jong (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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