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Australia 2017-P Kangaroo Ultra High Relief Piedfort #8 - Kangaroo Bounding in the Outback $1 Pure Silver Dollar Medallic Proof P06

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The latest entry in this popular, ongoing series depicts a large adult kangaroo bounding across the arid plain of the Outback on this high relief, one troy ounce pure silver medallic dollar piedfort (extra-thick coin)!

The kangaroo is one of the definitive symbols of Australia, the island continent. The Perth Mint and Talisman Coins are proud to bring you an incredible new addition to the renowned Australian Kangaroo coin series. Previously only available in pure gold from Perth, this is the seventh in the Kangaroo High Relief Pure Silver Proof Piedfort series from the Mint, a one troy ounce, pure silver dollar issued as the sixth annual silver release for collectors! The coin is struck in ultra high, medallic relief on a concave, extra-thick planchet (it is a piedfort) with a proof finish. It depicts a large adult kangaroo in the Australian outback looking over its shoulder at its mirror image silhouette, which is looking back at it!

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Double-thick Piedfort Boxing Kangaroos $1 CoinAn Ultra High Relief, Proof Piedfort!
Once again, the Perth Mint has done the fauna and natural beauty of Australia proud! The coin is struck in ultra high relief, with a frosted cameo proof finish, and is a piedfort (extra-thick coin), measuring a substantial 6 mm thick!

This Kangaroo High Relief Silver Dollar continues the tradition of high relief proof finish silver piedforts released by the Perth Mint, including:

    2011 Kangaroo and Rising Sun Silver Dollar
    2013 Kangaroo in Outback Desert Silver Dollar
    2014 Kangaroo in Rural Field of Wildflowers Silver Dollar
    2016 Kangaroo and Mirror Image Silhouette Silver Dollar
    2016 Kangaroo 2 Oz Silver Medallic Antiqued Proof

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What is a Piedfort?
Greek Corinthian Helmet and the skull reportedly found inside it from the Battle of Marathon, now residing in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.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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A young Eastern grey kangaroo baby joey.Australia's Own Red Kangaroo
The Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) is the largest of all kangaroos, the largest mammal native to Australia, and the largest surviving marsupial. It is found across mainland Australia, avoiding only the more fertile areas in the south, the east coast, and the northern rainforests.

This species is a very large kangaroo with short, red-brown fur, fading to pale buff below and on the limbs. It has long, pointed earlobes and a squared-off muzzle. Females are smaller than males and are blue-gray with a brown tinge, pale gray below, although arid zone females are colored more like males. It has two forelimbs with small claws, two muscular hind-limbs, which are used for jumping, and a strong tail which is often used to create a tripod when standing upright.

A grey kangaroo with her young, a baby joey, in her pouch, alert and attentive!The Red Kangaroo lives alone or in small groups called "mobs" (although food shortages can cause them to congregate into larger groups). Each mob is usually made up of two to ten 'roos, but sometimes a mob can consist of up to several hundred. Membership of these groups is very flexible, and males (boomers) are not territorial, fighting only over females (flyers) that come into heat. The largest males are dominant, and control most of the matings.

When male kangaroos fight, they may appear to be "boxing". They usually stand up on their hind limbs and attempt to push their opponent off balance by jabbing him or locking forearms. If the fight escalates, they will begin to kick each other. Using their tail to support their weight, they deliver kicks with their powerful hind legs.

These herbivores' legs work much like a rubber band. Males can leap over 30 feet (9 meters) in one leap! Kangaroos are adept swimmers, and often flee into waterways if threated by a predator. If pursued into the water, a kangaroo may use its forepaws to hold the predator underwater so as to drown it. The Red Kangaroo is too big to be subject to much non-human predation. They can use their robust legs and clawed feet to defend themselves from attackers with kicks and blows. However, dingoes and eagles will kill and eat joeys. Joeys are thus protected in their mother's pouch.

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2015 Kangaroo High Relief $1 in boxObverse
A large adult kangaroo in the Australian outback bounds across the arid plain of the Outback. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed near the rim. The legend AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO defines the theme, while the legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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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
Each 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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SpecificationsTwo Australian kangaroos boxing or fighting outdoors.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2017
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 32.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   6.00 mm
Mintage Limit    20,000
   
Finish Proof with Ultra High Relief
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Jennifer McKenna (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered





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