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Australia 2014-P Newborn Baby and Kookaburra - Welcome to the World 50 Cents Pure Silver Half Dollar Proof with Color

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Celebrate the newborn baby's birth with the gift of hard currency, an unique Kookaburra half dollar struck in pure, precious silver with full color and proof finish!

Sold out at the Mint! The New Baby and Kookaburra Half Dollar Silver Proof marks the arrival of that beautiful bundle of joy with real class - you can't beat the gift of precious metal! Dated 2014 to note the year of baby¬ís birth, the design features a full color Kookaburra winging his way home with the new baby securely grasped in his beak! The coin is encapsulated in a protective, clear acrylic capsule and presented in a full color, oversized and substantial gift card, with space inside for your personalized dedication and record the details of baby's birth, as well as space to include a photograph, the better to impress the new parents! Sure to evoke fond memories for years to come!

For investment-minded coin collectors, we note that this pure silver half dollar is important in the annals of Australian coinage, in that it features a full color Kookaburra, thus making it part of the most collected series of Australian coins ever known!

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Pure Silver Proof-Finish Kookaburra in Handsome Presentation Packaging!
Australia 2014 Baby Silver Kookaburra with full package

Welcome to the World
In European folklore, parents have told their children for centuries that babies are delivered by a stork. Who would have guessed that a giant Kookaburra takes care of the stork's duties Down Under? Illustrating this Australian take on the stork legend, this coin depicts a cute Australian Kookaburra carrying a sleeping newborn baby in a swaddling cloth. Please see the article at the end of this presentation for more information about the Kookaburra!

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Welcoming a newborn baby into the world is a time for celebration and joy. Whether it is the first born child or the latest addition to the family, parenthood is a rewarding experience filled with lots of loving memories.

To congratulate and capture the moment forever, The Perth Mint is proud to release a stunning Newborn Baby coin in a gift card. This 1/2oz pure silver proof coin is dated 2014 for all babies born in this year and is sure to appeal to gift buyers and coin collectors alike.

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A curious Laughing Kookaburra surveys his domain from high up on a tree branch.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
The design features a full color Kookaburra winging his way home with the new baby securely grasped in his beak! The legend indicates the theme: CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BABY. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed at the 7:00 position near the edge.

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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.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated in a protective, clear acrylic capsule and presented in a full color, oversized and substantial gift card, with space inside for your personalized dedication and record the details of baby's birth, as well as space to include a photograph, the better to impress the new parents!

Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2014
   
Face Value 50 Cents
Weight 15.591 g
Diameter 36.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)     
2.30 mm
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Aleysha Howarth (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Included

What's So Funny?
The kookaburra is probably the best known bird of Australia. There are actually four species of kookaburra found in Australia and New Guinea. All are members of the Kingfisher family. Far and away the most familiar is the Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae).

Kookaburras are famous for their unmistakable call, which sounds uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter - good-natured, if rather hysterical, merriment in the case of the Laughing Kookaburra; and maniacal cackling in the case of the slightly smaller Blue-Winged Kookaburra (D. leachii). The word "kookaburra" is borrowed from an aboriginal word of the Wiradjura language, "guuguubarra", which is onomatopoeic of (replicates) the avian's call.

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Kookaburras are carnivorous. They eat lizards, snakes, insects, mice and raw meat. The more socialized birds will accept handouts from humans and will take raw or cooked meat from open-air barbecues left unattended. Kookas are territorial, and often live with the partly grown chicks of the previous season.

The notoriety of the kookaburra's laugh, as well as its nervy antics, has been spread worldwide by the popular children's song "Kookaburra" by Marion Sinclair. Please see the end of this article for the complete lyrics to the song "Kookaburra".

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