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Australia 2013-P Explorer Ludwig Leichhardt 200th Anniversary $2 2 Ounce Pure Silver Proof with Color

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Large size, rarity (limit of only 2,013), full color and the mystery of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt's demise make for a great investment!
Order Limit - A strict order limit of two (02) per order, customer, address, email, phone number, etc. will be enforced. We reserve the right to limit orders and allocate coins to ensure a fairer distribution. First come, first served.

Sold out at the Mint!This large, impressive coin represents a tremendous investment opportunity
 struck in pure silver! The Perth Mint's 2 Ounce Silver Proofs are huge - at 55.60 mm in diameter, they are more than 2 inches across! This beauty is made all the more desirable by the Mint's execution of this intriguing motif in pure silver, artistically rendered in striking, vibrant hues! The full color design is highlighted on mirrored fields (or background), further enhancing an already handsome design (which is even nicer looking than the mint-supplied images suggest). Between the large size, the incredibly low mintage (only 2,013) & the beauty of the design, color and finish, we think you'll be impressed with this affordable, pure silver proof!

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A photographic portrait of Australian Prussian explorer Ludwig LeichhardtInvestment Opportunity!Investment Note
Only 2,013 of these large, two ounce pure silver proofs with color were issued; a fast sell out at the Mint is expected. They are rare and extremely desirable. Need we say more?
Ludwig Leichhardt was a Prussian-born explorer and naturalist who made significant expeditions of discovery in Australia during the colonial era. This year marks the 200th anniversary of his birth, but Leichhardt is best know for his final overland expedition, which disappeared with only enigmatic carvings and a small brass nameplate to bear witness to its demise. It's as if the vast Australian continent swallowed them up! This portrays Ludwig Leichhardt and a red line superimposed on a map of north-east Australia, indicating the route of his most famous expedition to Port Essington on the Cobourg Peninsula.

Intrepid Explorer
A scholar of natural sciences, Leichhardt was born 200 years ago in Trebatsch on 23 October 1813. In 1842 he arrived in Sydney and the following year completed an overland trek between the Hunter Region and Moreton Bay. In 1844, he commenced a 3,000 mile expedition from the Darling Downs to Port Essington across territory previously unexplored by Europeans. Long considered to have perished, the party caused a sensation when it reached its objective in December 1845.

LeichhardtÂ’s notebooks, journals and letters left detailed records of the botany, geology and resources found along the routes he trekked, including invaluable information for the future of European settlement.

Final Expedition and Disappearance
Ludwig_Leichhardt_Famous_ExpeditionIn 1848 Leichhardt again set out from the Condamine River to reach the Swan River. He was last seen on 3 April 1848 at McPherson's Station, Coogoon, on the Darling Downs. His disappearance after moving inland, although investigated by many, remains a mystery. The expedition had been expected to take two to three years, but after no sign or word was received from Leichhardt it was assumed that he and the others in the party had died. The latest evidence suggests that they may have perished somewhere in the Great Sandy Desert of the Australian interior.

Four years after Leichhardt's disappearance the Government of New South Wales sent out a search expedition under Hovenden Hely. The expedition found nothing but a single campsite with a tree marked "L" over "XVA". In 1858 another search expedition was sent out, this time under Augustus Gregory. This expedition found only a couple of trees marked "L".

The Leichhardt Nameplate
In 2006 Australian historians and scientists authenticated a small brass plate (15 cm x 2 cm) marked "LUDWIG LEICHHARDT 1848", discovered around 1900 by an Aboriginal stockman near Sturt Creek, between the Tanami and Great Sandy deserts, just inside Western Australia from the border with the Northern Territory. When found, the plate was attached to a partially burnt firearm slung in a boab tree, which was engraved with the initial "L". The plate is now part of the National Museum of Australia collection.

Ludwig_Leichhardt_Brass_NameplatePrior to the nameplate being authenticated, historians could only speculate on the route Leichhardt had taken and how far he had journeyed before perishing. The location of the plate proved that he made it at least two thirds of the way across the continent during his east-west crossing attempt. It also suggested that he was following a northern arc from Moreton Bay in Queensland to the Swan River in Western Australia, following the headwaters of rivers, rather than heading straight through the desert interior.

For an in depth discussion the mystery surrounding Leichhardt's expedition and the reasons why scientists believe the nameplate is genuine, please use this link to visit the National Museum of Australia web site!

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Technology 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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Australia 2013 Leichhardt 2 Oz in boxObverse
The coin portrays Ludwig Leichhardt and a red line superimposed on a map of north-east Australia indicating the route of his most famous expedition to Port Essington on the Cobourg Peninsula.  The legend LUDWIG LEICHHARDT 1813-1848 defines the theme. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed near the 7:00 position along the rim. The legend 2 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

The reverse features 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 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 2013
Face Value Two Dollars
Weight 62.270 g
Diameter 55.60 mm (more than 2 inches!)
Gauge (Thickness)   3.60 mm
Mintage Limit 2,013
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Wade Robinson (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered




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