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Niue 2018 Great Barrier Reef Gilded - Turtle, Shark, Octopus, Giant Clam, Lionfish, Manta Ray, Starfish, Nautilus, Clownfish and Coral $10 5 Ounce Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Proof with 24-Karat Gold Plating P02 - MINTAGE 500

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Pure 24-karat gold plating highlights the tremendous variety of sea creatures that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef, Australia's Natural Wonder,  on this dramatic, ULTRA LOW MINTAGE (only 500), high relief, 5 troy ounce pure silver proof!

Sold out at the Mint!Investment Opportunity!This is, quite simply, one of the most stunning animal coins we have ever seen! It commemorates Australia's natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Renowned for the variety and color of its corals and sponges, the Reef supports an astonishing array of wildlife, including 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusk. Visitors can see whales, dolphins, and, if lucky, extremely rare species such as the giant clam and the green sea turtle (both featured on this coin)!

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An Outstanding Design!
A sea turtle swims past a very small section of the Great Barrier Reef.Set amidst a forest of coral swims a plethora of underwater creatures. Denizens of the Great Barrier Reef, depicted in ultra high relief, include (clockwise from 12:00):

   Green Sea Turtle
   Angelfish
   Hammerhead Shark
   Starfish (Sea Star)
   Grouper
   Octopus
   Manta Ray
   Nautilus
   Lionfish
   Clownfish

and in the center, the legendary giant clam!

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This silver proof is minted in ultra high relief, to more dramatically depict the convoy of variety of creatures that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef. Struck from a HUGE five troy ounces of .999 pure silver, and spa

A close up view of the incredible color, beauty and biodiversity of the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef!The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, comprising over 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 1,600 miles (2,600 kilometers) over an area of approximately 133,000 square miles (344,400 square kilometers). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in the warm, tropical waters of northeast Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's largest single structure made by living organisms. The reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny life forms, known as coral polyps. The Great Barrier Reef supports an incredible diversity of life, and was selected as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. CNN has chosen it one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use, such as overfishing and tourism. Other environmental pressures to the reef and its ecosystem include water quality from runoff, climate change accompanied by mass coral bleaching, and cyclic outbreaks of the harmful crown-of-thorns starfish.

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The incredible biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef is illustrated in this colorful picture! This huge silver proof is minted in ultra high relief, to more dramatically depict the variety of creatures that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef. Struck from a HUGE five troy ounces of .999 pure silver, and spanning a massive 65 mm in diameter (nearly 3 inches!), this imposing coin represents spectacular tribute to the largest non-man-made structure in the world. Each coin is encapsulated and displayed in a highly polished, wooden presentation case accompanied by a full-color, numbered certificate - and each coin is individually numbered on the edge, making each truly unique! With a ridiculously low mintage of just 500 coins, these impressive gems are already sold out at the Mint!

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Obverse
A tremendous variety of sea creatures inhabits the Great Barrier Reef! The legends GREAT BARRIER REEF and AUSTRALIA'S NATURAL WONDER denote the theme.

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Reverse
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, the date of issue and denomination also appear, while the legend 5 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging

The coin is encapsulated inside a luxurious, highly polished, solid wood, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a full color, graphically illustrated outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

SpecificationsThe Great Barrier Reef, of the northeast coast of Australia, is so large it can be seen from space!
Country Niue
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value 10 Dollars
Weight 157.60 g
Diameter 65 mm
Mintage Limit     500
   
Finish Proof with 24-Karat Gold Plating
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

 


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