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Australia 2013-P Koala Bear Climbing to Fork of Eucalyptus Gum Tree Gilded $1 Pure Silver Dollar Reverse Proof with 24-Karat Gold Plating

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An adventurous koala climbs up to his lookout in the fork of an eucalyptus tree on this hard to find, pure silver gilded beauty, brilliantly enhanced with 24-karat gold!

Sold out at the Mint! 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 pure silver, artistically rendered in a reverse proof finish, in which the design or devices are mirrored, then highlighted in pure, 24-karat gold! This year, an adventurous koala climbs up to his lookout in the fork of an eucalyptus tree that forms its native habitat, safely out of reach of roving predators. An investment consideration is the extremely low mintage limit of only 10,000, and the fact that previous gilded issues of the same mintage have sold out at the Mint!

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A tired koala sleeping on a branch of the eucalyptus tree.This beautiful coin is part of the highly collectible series of Pure Silver Koalas. 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.

The Pure Silver Koala has a face value of one dollar 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).

A cute and cuddly koala climbs the eucalyptus tree. MUST...GET...LEAVES 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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Shhh, don't wake him! This poor guy is all tuckered out after a day eating eucalyptus leaves! A cute koala bear takes a nap, smartly perched in the crook of a tree.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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Technology Note
The Perth Mint of Australia has developed a proprietary selective gold plating process that is among the most advanced in the world, resulting not only in aesthetic beauty but also technical precision. This proof-like silver dollar features selective gold plating on the obverse, dramatically highlighting the koalas in pure gold!

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The 2013 Gilded Koala $1 Pure Silver Dollar from the Perth Mint of Australia in its box of issue, highlighted in 24-karat gold!Obverse
An adventurous koala climbs up to his lookout in the fork of an eucalyptus tree that forms its native habitat. The Perth Mint "P" mint mark is judiciously located to the right of the tree trunk, near the 4:00 position near the rim. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The legend AUSTRALIAN KOALA and the date are also indicated.

Reverse
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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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, taupe clamshell-style presentation case lined with black velvet and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2013
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)     4.00 mm
Mintage Limit 10,000
   
Finish Reverse Proof with 24-Karat Selective Gold Plating
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Tom Vaughan (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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