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Australia 2012 2013-P Bush Babies II - Complete 5-Coin Collection - Baby Kookaburra, Possum, Echidna, Duck-Billed Platypus and Wombat 50 Cents Pure Silver Half Dollar Proof Set with Color

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Get the COMPLETE COLLECTION of all FIVE cute and phenomenally popular Bush Babies II Series pure silver half dollars - each featuring a full color baby Australian animal!

This listing is for the COMPLETE 5-Coin Collection of all five different Bush Babies II silver half dollar proofs!

Sold out at the Mint!The native Australian fauna has generated curiosity since the first Europeans set foot on the island continent. Most Australian mammals belong to the class Marsupialia, characterized by a distinctive pouch (called the marsupium), in which females carry their young through early infancy. These young are unique in that they are born helpless and live the mother's pouch before being able to venture forth to explore their habitat. Celebrating five adorable baby animals, the stunning new Bush Babies II Program of pure silver proof collector coins is certain to enjoy the incredible popularity of the first Bush Babies Series and two Sea Life - The Reef Series that preceded it. Now you can net all five cuddly creatures in one fell swoop - the baby Kookaburra, Possum, Echidna (Spiny Anteater), Duck-Billed Platypus and Wombat ! Our advice? Snag this Complete 5-Coin Collection while we still have them all!

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The Complete Collection - All Five Bush Babies at One Low Price!
Bush Babies II 5-Coin Package
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Display box for the Bush Babies 5-Coin Set
Your Own Personal Art Gallery!
Another clever innovation (and a neat little bonus!) is the colorfully illustrated outer box shipper. Each features a different, original commission by the designer of the coins, artist Elise Martinson (please see the section lower in this presentation for a short biography of the artist). When lined-up in release order, the outer boxes will form a gallery of original artworks of the five baby critters by a well-known, Australian animal artist.

A special, five coin display box is available at a nominal additional charge. This is a superb way to protect and present all five coins in their full color, illustrated cases.

The Bush Babies II 5-Coin Silver Proof Set represents the Complete Collection of the extremely popular Bush Babies II Program, minted in 99.9% pure silver by the Perth Mint. The program consists of coins featuring the following native Australian marsupials (except the kookaburra):

    Kookaburra
    Possum
    Echidna (Spiny Anteater)
    Duck-Billed Platypus
    Wombat
    + Five Coin Display Box

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Elise Martinson is an Australian artist, graphic designer, and illustrator who loves animals.About the Artist
The creator of the original artwork for both the coins and the colorful, outer boxes for the both the first and second Bush Babies Series is Elise Martinson. Elise is an Australian artist, graphic designer, and illustrator who loves animals (as you can see from her photo!). After studying multimedia design for four years and then working for year and a half as a graphic designer, she became eager to follow her dreams of creating 3D art for games or movies. Realizing that the limiting factor to 2D and 3D artwork was not software knowledge, but rather the ability to create concepts and accurately render them, she is now dedicated to further cultivating her drawing ability. Elise currently designs both coins and graphic artwork for the Perth Mint, and still hopes to break into the games industry one day as a concept or production artist. In addition to he much-lauded and extremely popular Bush Babies Series, several of her better-known projects for the Mint are the Outer Space Dollars 9-Coin Set, the Backyard Bugs Dollars 9-Coin Set, and the 2009 Celebrate Australia Series of $1 Coins. Elise was formerly a resident of Melbourne, Victoria but now resides in Perth, Western Australia. Here are links for Elise Martinson's online blog and her professional website.

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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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Bush Babies II - Kookaburra Silver Proof in boxObverse
The central, color image is Australian artist Elise Martinson¬ís original and gorgeous interpretation of a baby Australian animal, irresistibly capturing the innocence and gentle playfulness of this cute, fuzzy critter. This cuddly guy is set against a background of bush flowers and foliage, engraved in frosted cameo relief, and includes his insect friend. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously hidden in the foliage. The legend defines the theme: AUSTRALIAN [ANIMAL].

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. The legend 1/2 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging
Each 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.
 
SpecificationsA bright-eyed baby Laughing Kookaburra fledgling sits on a picnic table, looking cute.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2012 and 2013
   
Face Value 2 Dollars 50 Cents (5 x 50 Cents)
Weight 77.955 g (5 x 15.591 g)
Diameter 36.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)    
2.30 mm
Mintage Limit    10,000 each single coin
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Elise Martinson (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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