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Australia 2014-P Extinct Australian Megafauna #2 - Diprotodon Giant Hippopotamus-Sized Wombat $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color

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Discover the forgotten giant creatures of the Land Down Under on the new Extinct Australian Megafauna proof silver dollars! Second in the program is Diprotodon, the Giant Hippopotamus-Sized Wombat, by world renowned artist, Peter Trusler!

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When the first humans arrived on the Australian continent, giants roamed the land. Today, all of these huge creatures, known as megafauna, are extinct. Modern day experts believe that some of these massive monsters could actually be referenced in the stories about the Dreamtime by native Australian aborigines - dating back tens of thousands of years! Talisman Coins and the Perth Mint (Australia's precious metals experts) are proud to bring you the new Extinct Australian Megafauna program, Each animal is minted on a low-mintage, pure silver dollar and presented in full, frosted cameo proof finish, against a backdrop of splendid color portraying its native habitat. The series explores five astounding, gigantic creatures from this time before history:

    Procoptodon - Giant Short Faced-Kangaroo
    Diprotodon - Giant Hippopotamus-Sized Wombat
    Genyornis - Giant Carnivorous Flightless Bird
    Thylacoleo - Giant Marsupial Lion
    Megalania - Giant Venomous Lizard
    + Five Coin Display Box
    + Complete 5-Coin Collection

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2013 Australia Diprotodon BoxDiprotodon - The Largest Marsupial That Ever Lived!
Diprotodon, meaning "two forward teeth" (and sometimes known as the giant wombat or the hippopotamus wombat), is the largest marsupial ever known to have lived. Along with many other members of a group of unusual species collectively called the "Australian Megafauna", it existed from approximately 1.6 million years ago until extinction some 46,000 years ago (through most of the Pleistocene epoch), though some researchers believe that Diprotodon survived into the Holocene.

Diprotodon superficially resembled a rhinoceros without a horn. Its feet turned inwards like a wombatÂ’s, giving it a pigeon-toed appearance. It had strong claws on the front feet and its pouch opening faced backwards. Footprints of its feet have been found showing a covering of hair which indicates it had a coat similar to a modern wombat.

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The closest surviving relatives of Diprotodon are the wombats and the koala bear. It is suggested that diprotodonts may have been an inspiration for the legends of the bunyip, as some Aboriginal tribes identify Diprotodon bones as those of "bunyips". The Diprotodon was the first mammal fossil named from Australia in 1838. The creature was once widespread across the mainland, possibly co-existing with Aboriginals for thousands of years.

Diprotodon species fossils have been found in sites across mainland Australia, including complete skulls and skeletons, as well as hair and foot impressions. Female skeletons have been found with babies located where the mother's pouch would have been. The largest specimens were hippopotamus-sized: about ten feet (3 meters) from nose to tail, standing almost seven feet (more than 2 meters) tall at the shoulder and weighing up to 6,200 pounds (2,800 kilograms). They inhabited open forest, woodlands, and grasslands, possibly staying close to water, and eating leaves, shrubs, and some grasses.

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About The Artist - Peter Trusler

Peter Trusser is a world-renowned wildlife artist known for his scientifically rigorous reconstructions of prehistoric fauna. He is a zoological science graduate from Monash University, Melbourne. Trusler holds a special interest in biological illustration and is a founding member of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia. The artistÂ’s work is highly regarded and has been published around the world, in print media, books, medical and scientific journals, posters and stamps. Collections of his work are held in both national and international archives, most notably, the Australia Post Philatelic Collection, Melbourne; Museum Victoria, Melbourne; and the National Geographic Society Collection, Washington.

Please note, the mint images of this beautiful proof coin do not do it justice. The fields are deeply mirrored, the relief devices are white-frosted cameo, and the deep, rich colors of Australia's outback are incredible!

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Technology Note
Australia 2014 Extinct Megafauna #2 - DiprotodonThe 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 giant adult diprotodon, set against a colored background of its native habitat. The legend DIPROTODON defines the theme, while the legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is also present.

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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 and the denomination also appear.

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Packaging
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.

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Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2014
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.600 mm
Gauge (Thickness)    4.00 mm
Mintage Limit 6,500
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Peter Trusler (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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