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Australia 2012-P Australian Outback #2 - Kangaroo and Windmill - Beijing Coin Show Special Edition $1 Pure Silver Dollar Reverse Proof with Color AX
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This full color special edition silver dollar from the Beijing Coin Show features a kangaroo in front of an outback windmill - a vibrant, pure silver beauty!
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The kangaroo is one of the definitive symbols of Australia, made all the more desirable by the Perth Mint's execution of this pugnacious marsupial in pure silver, artistically rendered in an unique, reverse proof finish! This year it depicts a kangaroo pausing in front of an outback windmill, in the Australian bush. This special edition, full color silver dollar (with a mintage limit of only 5,000) was issued at the Beijing International Coin Show! We believe that this will be a real sleeper within the Silver Kangaroo Series - color kangaroo dollars are virtually unheard of! Get it while you can!
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Australia's Own Red Kangaroo
The Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) is the largest of all kangaroos, the largest mammal native to Australia, and the largest surviving marsupial. It is found across mainland Australia, avoiding only the more fertile areas in the south, the east coast, and the northern rainforests.
This species is a very large kangaroo with short, red-brown fur, fading to pale buff below and on the limbs. It has long, pointed earlobes and a squared-off muzzle. Females are smaller than males and are blue-gray with a brown tinge, pale gray below, although arid zone females are colored more like males. It has two forelimbs with small claws, two muscular hind-limbs, which are used for jumping, and a strong tail which is often used to create a tripod when standing upright.
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The Red Kangaroo lives alone or in small groups called "mobs" (although food shortages can cause them to congregate into larger groups). Each mob is usually made up of two to ten 'roos, but sometimes a mob can consist of up to several hundred. Membership of these groups is very flexible, and males (boomers) are not territorial, fighting only over females (flyers) that come into heat. The largest males are dominant, and control most of the matings.
When male kangaroos fight, they may appear to be "boxing". They usually stand up on their hind limbs and attempt to push their opponent off balance by jabbing him or locking forearms. If the fight escalates, they will begin to kick each other. Using their tail to support their weight, they deliver kicks with their powerful hind legs.
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These herbivores' legs work much like a rubber band. Males can leap over 30 feet (9 meters) in one leap! Kangaroos are adept swimmers, and often flee into waterways if threated by a predator. If pursued into the water, a kangaroo may use its forepaws to hold the predator underwater so as to drown it. The Red Kangaroo is too big to be subject to much non-human predation. They can use their robust legs and clawed feet to defend themselves from attackers with kicks and blows. However, dingoes and eagles will kill and eat joeys. Joeys are thus protected in their mother's pouch.
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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 kangaroo (in full color!) pauses in front of an outback windmill, in the Australian bush. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed to the left, at the 9:00 position near the rim. The legend AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO defines the theme, while the legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.
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Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, 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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Each coin is handsomely presented in a full color, illustrated folder, that opens like a greeting card to display the silver dollar! An integrated certificate of authenticity is incorporated.
|Mint||Perth Mint of Australia|
|Year of Issue||2012|
|Face Value||One Dollar|
|Gauge (Thickness)||4.00 mm|
|Finish||Reverse Proof with Color|
|Composition||.999 Fine (Pure) Silver|
|Edge||Reeded (milled, serrated)|
|Artist||Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)|