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Australia 2014-P Season's Greetings - Santa Claus and Reindeer Sleigh - Merry Christmas Holiday 50 Cents Pure Silver Half Dollar Proof with Color

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Celebrate the Holiday season with this stunningly colored, amazingly affordable and extremely low mintage pure silver Christmas tree proof!

It may be the height of summer in the Land Down Under when the holiday season begins, but yes, Virginia, they do celebrate Christmasin Australia nonetheless! This spectacularly colored, pure silver proof is a genuine Australian legal tender half dollar! This pure silver proof depicts a vibrantly hued scene of Christmas Eve, with a snow covered village set against a backdrop of snowflakes falling from the night sky. A silhouette of Santa Claus and his reindeer-powered sleigh is reflected across the moon as they fly through the wintry night sky to deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls. This beauty wishes you (or the recipient of your most generous gift of precious metal!) "Season's Greetings" across the top. The handsome presentation and display packaging (including individually numbered certificate of authenticity and full color outer box), tremendously affordable price point, and extremely low mintage limit of only 5,000 make this a real winner! Extremely attractive, thoughtful and affordable - make someone special's holiday complete now!

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Santa Claus shares a candid moment with his faithful Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, near the North Pole. Santa Claus or Father Christmas
There are many myths and legends surrounding Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas in the UK or Europe, also as Kris Kringle or even Papa Noel in Latin America. His legendary residence is at the North Pole, where he abides happily with his wife, Mrs. Claus (first name unknown) and many small elves or gnomes who are working hard all year round to create toys for all the children of the world.

Mr. Claus has the job of overseeing toy production and of course keeping the list of children and their behavior, for use on Christmas Eve in delivering appropriate gifts. He does this all in one night with the assistance of his flying reindeer and his magical sleigh. (And one very large sack to hold all the goodies!)

While his age is not known exactly, traditional representations of the bearded man in his red and white suit date back as early as the late 1800's, making him quite old indeed. In some cultures there has been opposition to Santa Claus as he has sometimes pushed aside more traditional local symbols of Christmas such as "Sinterklaas" in the Netherlands, the Yule Goat in Sweden, and "Toftirus" in Norway, although it is rumored that Jolly old St. Nick does enjoy a tankard of Norwegian Yule Ale now and then.

Santa's actual place of residence is a well-kept secret, in that the "North Pole" is somewhat indistinct, and that no less than three Scandinavian countries claim to have Santa as a resident within their borders. This likely is a security issue for Santa, who must want to protect his massive production facilities and accumulations of toys and electronics.

Santa Claus and his team of magical, flying reindeer, led by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeeer. As Christmas approaches, millions of children get ready to put out cookies and milk by the chimney, as they wait for Santa Claus to arrive during their sleep.

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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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Australia 2014 Holiday Santa Claus Color Proof in boxObverse
This pure silver proof depicts a vibrantly hued scene of Christmas Eve, with a snow covered village set against a backdrop of snowflakes falling from the night sky. A silhouette of Santa Claus and his reindeer-powered sleigh is reflected across the moon as they fly through the wintry night sky to deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls.  The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed near the edge at the 6:00 position. The legend defines the theme: SEASON'S GREETINGS.

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

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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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SpecificationsSanta Claus
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
Mintage Limit    5,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Jennifer McKenna (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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