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Tuvalu 2008-P Very Merry Christmas Tree Holiday $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color

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Traditional sentiments paired with modern minting techniques make for happy holidays on this pure silver yule gem!

Sold out at the Mint! "Christmas comes but once a year, and when it does it brings good cheer!" So goes the traditional rhyme. What better way to celebrate the holidays and wish loved ones a very Merry Christmas than this Christmas Tree Pure Silver Dollar, struck by the Perth Mint for the island nation of Tuvalu.

Christmas_Tree.jpgThis large (40.60 mm diameter) coin’s obverse portrays a vibrantly colored Christmas tree, surrounded by festive motifs of the holiday season, including twinkling stars, holly leaves and berries, and fancy ribbon tied in a bow. The sentiments, "Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas" complete the yuletide scene. Only 5,000 coins will be minted and released.

Please see the presentation lower on this page for more information about Tuvalu and its association with Australia.

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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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Obverse
A full color Christmas tree is set inside a frosted cameo cartouche and surrounded by twinkling start. The legend WISHING YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS leaves no doubt as to the tidings of peace on Earth and goodwill to men this coin is meant to convey. Outside the cartouche a wreath of holly is tied in the center with a bow of ribbon. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed to the right of the cartouche, near the 3:00 position in the holly garland.

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Reverse
Tuvalu Christmas Tree Color in full packaging Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a luxurious burgundy velvet, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with burgundy velvet and beige satin, and protected by a color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.
Specifications
Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2008
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness) 4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Darryl Bellotti (obverse)
Raphael Maklouf (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

 

The Island Nation of Tuvalu
Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbors are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It is comprised of four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 11,992 makes it the third-least populated independent country in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. It is also the second-smallest member by population of the United Nations. In terms of physical land size, at just 10 square miles Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru.

The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people, who arrived about 3000 years go. The islands came under Great Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The Ellice Islands were administered by Britain as part of a protectorate from 1892 to 1916 and as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony from 1916 to 1974. In 1974 the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within The Commonwealth in 1978. with Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state.

Because Tuvalu has few natural resources it has been dependent in recent years upon aid from larger, more developed nations, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Perth Mint of Australia is officially commissioned by the government of Tuvalu to produce legal tender coinage for the island nation.

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