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Australia 2017-P Koala Bear Sitting Beneath Eucalyptus Gum Tree in Outback $1 Ultra High Relief Medallic Pure Silver Dollar Proof Piedfort P08

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This year finds our friendly koala bear resting beneath an eucalyptus gum tree in the Australian outback, his natural habitat, on this ULTRA HIGH RELIEF, full proof finish, one troy ounce silver dollar piedfort (extra thick coin) - a stunning, pure silver beauty with a one-year-only design!

$$ - All Koala Silver Dollar collectors need this coin! - $$

The koala bear is one of the iconic symbols of Australia, made all the more desirable by the Perth Mint's execution of this cute and cuddly critter in pure silver, artistically rendered in a full proof finish, in which the design or devices are highlighted in frosted cameo relief. This year the design finds our koala bear in his natural habitat, resting beneath an eucalyptus gum tree in the Australian outback!

This pure silver dolla
r with a low mintage limit is struck in ultra high, medallic relief on a concave, extra-thick planchet (it is a piedfort) with a proof finish. We believe that this beauty will be a real sleeper within the Silver Koala Series - full proof finish koala silver dollars are virtually unheard of! With its extremely limited mintage, we expect Koala collectors to snatch this one up in record time! Get it while you can!

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A 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.This beautiful coin is part of the highly collectible series of Pure Silver Koalas. The obverse design of this series, with the koala bear, changes each year, further enhancing its collectibility. The reverse features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of the British Commonwealth, of which Australia is a member.

The Pure Silver Koala has a face value of one dollar and can be difficult to locate, much less in pristine condition, so we advise you to acquire one when you find them.

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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).

A cute and cuddly koala climbs the eucalyptus tree. MUST...GET...LEAVESKoala 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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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.Koala Fun Facts
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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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.

Greek Corinthian Helmet and the skull reportedly found inside it from the Battle of Marathon, now residing in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. 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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Obverse
This year the design finds our koala bear in his natural habitat, walking along the branch of an eucalyptus tree in search of tasty gum tree leaves! The Perth Mint "P" mint mark is judiciously located to the left of the eucalyptus tree in the background, near the 9:00 position near the rim. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The legend AUSTRALIAN KOALA and the date are also indicated.

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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 denomination also appear.

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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. A certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2017
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.107 g
Diameter 32.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)    6.00 mm
Mintage Limit 9,000 (in single packaging)
   
Finish Proof
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Thomas Vaughan (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Included


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