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Australia 2017-P Koala Sleeping in Eucalyptus Tree $2 2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Medallic Rimless Antiqued Piedfort Proof P02

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Sleepy time! Second in this extraordinarily popular wildlife series! Get this ultra high relief koala, sleeping in an eucalyptus or gum tree! This beauty gives us much to admire on this two troy ounce, pure silver, rimless medallic antiqued proof!

Australia's own iconic koala is now immortalized on an ultra high relief piedfort coin! The dramatic design depicts an adult koala sleeping in an eucalyptus tree surrounded by gum nuts, gum leaves and gum blossoms. The high relief engraving is absolutely spectacular, the pinnacle of the minter's craft. When combined with the antique finish, which outlines and highlights all the different design elements to incredible effect, a tremendous sensation of depth and perspective is created, in the best tradition of medallic art. There are no legends on the obverse to detract from the beauty and power of the wildlife design. This is the second Perth Mint antique finish two troy ounce silver coin denominated in Australian dollars and issued as Australian legal tender.

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This high relief kangaroo is certain to sell out at the Mint, as all previous Perth Mint 2 Oz Silver Antique Finish Proofs have, including last year's Kangaroo 2 Oz Antiqued Silver High Relief Proof. Avoid disappointment and secure one (or more) of these medallic beauties now!

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2017 Koala 2 Oz Antique Finish $2 in Box
A Most Unusual and Surprising Bear!
Despite its appearance, the koala bear isn't really a bear at all, but rather a marsupial. Nonetheless it fascinates us because it's so darn cute - it looks like a living teddy bear! Appearances can be deceiving here, too, because koalas aren't cuddly, either. They are arboreal (tree-dwelling), so they have very strong, sharp claws for climbing (and their bite can cause injury, as well).

Koala bears live nearly their entire lives in the eucalyptus (gum) tree, where they feed almost exclusively on its leaves. They have a very low metabolism for a mammal, so they spend up to 20 hours a day resting and sleeping (and the rest mostly eating). Eucalypt leaves are high in toxic chemicals such as phenols and terpenes, which only the koala has adapted to deal with - the toxins are neutralized in its specialized liver.

Marsupials are unusual, and, many scientists believe, more primitive, mammals. Their best-known characteristic is the pouch for their young, and the koala is no exception. The babies, called joeys, are only a quarter-inch long when born, and enter the world hairless, blind and earless, so the safety of mother koala's pouch is a necessity for its first six months of life. For its second half-year the joey will generally ride on mom's back.

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Koala Fun Facts
Shhh, don't wake him! This poor guy is all tuckered out after a day eating eucalyptus leaves! A cute koala bear takes a nap, smartly perched in the crook of a tree. You'd think that it couldn't get any more odd than a living stuffed animal that spends its entire life in, and only eats the leaves of, one kind of tree. If so, you'd be wrong - koalas are among Nature's most unusual and unique creatures. Here's a couple of other oddities about these fascinating fur balls.

Koalas are often thought to be silent, and they are most of the time, but males have a very loud mating call that can be heard for a distance of about one kilometer away during the breeding season! When attacked, koalas may issue a loud cry, which is often likened to that of a human baby.

The koala bear is one of the few mammals (other than primates) that has fingerprints. Koala fingerprints are remarkably similar to human fingerprints - even when viewed with an electron microscope, it can be quite difficult for an expert to distinguish between the two!

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Greek Corinthian Helmet and the skull reportedly found inside it from the Battle of Marathon, now residing in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.What is a Piedfort?
Hard to find and popular with collectors for more than a century, piedforts are highly sought after. We get asked all the time, "What is a piedfort?" There are two different, but related, stories of the origin of the word "piedfort". The first says that it literally means "strong foot" in French (from pied, foot and fort, strong). The second says this word was appropriated by the mint centuries ago to mean "heavy measure" or "heavy weight". In both cases, the sense of serious heft to the coin is obvious.

Often the word "piedfort" is translated as "double-thick", but this is neither a literal translation nor a precisely accurate definition. Numismatically speaking, any coin that is 50% or more thicker than a standard version qualifies as a piedfort, although some piedforts are, indeed, twice as thick as normal.

Finally, the age-old question, "How is the word pronounced?" Coming from French, it is not pronounced as it is spelled; that is, don't say, "pide - fort". Rather, "pee - ay - four" (three syllables) is a good approximation.

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2017 Koala Antique Finish $2 in boxObverse
The dramatic design depicts an adult koala sleeping in an eucalyptus tree surrounded by gum nuts, gum leaves and gum blossoms. The ultra high relief is absolutely spectacular. When combined with the antique finish, which outlines and highlights all the different design elements to incredible effect, a tremendous sensation of depth and perspective is created, in the best tradition of medallic art. There are no legends on the obverse to detract from the beauty and power of the design. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark can be found at the 10:30 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. The legend 2 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging
The coin is enclosed inside a handsome taupe leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a grayscale outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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SpecificationsA mother koala eats the tasty leaves of the eucalyptus tree while her young joey pokes his head out of her pouch to see what's going on.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2017
   
Face Value Two Dollars
Weight 62.213 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   6.00 mm
Mintage Limit    3,000
   
Finish Antique with Ultra High Relief
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
   
Artist Jennifer McKenna (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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