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Australia 2016-P Christmas Candle & Holly Wreath Star-Shaped Holiday Ornament $1 1 Ounce Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color P10

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Amazingly affordable Australian legal tender silver dollar! Celebrate the Holiday season with this star-shaped, stunningly colored, extremely low mintage (only 3,000!) one troy ounce pure silver Christmas candle proof!

Investment Opportunity! It may be the height of summer in the Land Down Under when the holiday season begins, but yes, Virginia, they do celebrate Christmas in Australia nonetheless! This star-shaped, spectacularly colored, pure silver proof is a genuine Australian legal tender silver dollar! Depicting a vibrantly hued Christmas candle set off by a bright red bow, and surrounded by a festive wreath of holly boughs and berries, this beauty wishes you (or the recipient of your most generous gift of precious metal!) a "Merry Christmas". Better yet, the specially designed star-shaped capsule includes a hole for a ribbon to be tied to transform this coin into a Christmas tree ornament! The full-color, handsome presentation packaging (including individually numbered certificate of authenticity) takes the form of a festive Christmas card! The tremendously affordable price point and extremely low mintage limit of just 3,000 make this a real winner! Extremely attractive, thoughtful and affordable - make someone special's holiday complete with this unique gift!

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Ornaments.jpgThe Perth Mint has done a huge holiday favor for all coin collectors! This coin is:
    - An Australian legal tender dollar,
    - Struck in one full troy ounce of pure silver,
    - Depicting a vibrantly hued Christmas Candle and Holly Wreath for the holidays,
    - Housed in a star-shaped capsule with a loop for hanging,
    - Presented in full-color, Christmas Card packaging,
    - At an unbelievably affordable price!

Best of all is the TINY mintage limit of just 3,000
- ridiculously low for an
Australian legal tender silver dollar!

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Australia 2016 Christmas Tree Star-Shaped Silver package
Investment Note - The mintage limit for this star-shaped one troy ounce pure silver dollar is only 3,000 - tiny by any standards for an Australian legal tender silver dollar coin! Get yours today!

Origins, History and Legends of the Christmas Tree
The Egyptians were part of a long line of cultures that treasured and worshiped evergreens. When the winter solstice arrive, they brought green date palm leaves into their homes to symbolize life's triumph over death. The Romans celebrated the winter solstice with a fest called Saturnalia in honor of Saturnus, the god of agriculture. They decorated their houses with greens and lights and exchanged gifts. They gave coins for prosperity, pastries for happiness, and lamps to light one's journey through life.

Christmas_Tree.jpg Centuries ago in Great Britain, woods priests called Druids used evergreens during mysterious winter solstice rituals. The Druids used holly and mistletoe as symbols of eternal life, and place evergreen branches over doors to keep away evil spirits. Late in the Middle Ages, Germans and Scandinavians placed evergreen trees inside their homes or just outside their doors to show their hope in the forthcoming spring. Our modern Christmas tree evolved from these early traditions.

Legend has it that Martin Luther began the tradition of decorating trees to celebrate Christmas. One crisp Christmas Eve, about the year 1500, he was walking through snow-covered woods and was struck by the beauty of a group of small evergreens. Their branches, dusted with snow, shimmered in the moonlight. When he got home, he set up a little fir tree indoors so he could share this story with his children. He decorated it with candles, which he lighted in honor of Christ's birth.

The Christmas tree tradition most likely came to the United States with Hessian troops during the American Revolution, or with German immigrants to Pennsylvania and Ohio. But the custom spread slowly. The Puritans banned Christmas trees in New England. Even as late as 1851, a Cleveland minister nearly lost his job because he allowed a tree in his church. Schools in Boston stayed open on Christmas Day through 1870, and sometimes expelled students who stayed home.

The Christmas tree market was born in 1851 when Catskill farmer Mark Carr hauled two ox sleds of evergreens into New York City and sold them all. By 1900, one in five American families had a Christmas tree, and 20 years later, the custom was nearly universal. Christmas tree farms sprang up during the depression. Nurserymen couldn't sell their evergreens for landscaping, so they cut them for Christmas trees. Cultivated trees were preferred because they have a more symmetrical shape then wild ones.

Six species account for about 90 percent of the nation's Christmas tree trade. Scotch pine ranks first, comprising about 40 percent of the market, followed by Douglas fir which accounts for about 35 percent. The other big sellers are noble fir, white pine, balsam fir and white spruce.

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Australia 2016 Christmas Tree Star-Shaped Silver packageTechnology 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 central, color image is of a vibrantly hued, burning Christmas candle with a red bow tied around it, surrounded by a wreath of holly leaves and berries. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed near the edge. There is no legend on this side, to avoid detracting from the stunningly beautiful design.

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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 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated in full-color, handsome presentation packaging that takes the form of a festive Christmas card! An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included. The specially designed star-shaped capsule includes a hole for a ribbon to be tied to transform this coin into a Christmas tree ornament!

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Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2016
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)     4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    3,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Tom Vaughan (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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