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Australia 2018-P Year of the Dog - Labrador Retriever $15 1/10 Ounce .9999 Pure Gold Proof

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Celebrate 2018, the Year of the Dog, with this loyal and friendly Labrador Retriever on this proof finishone-tenth troy ounce pure gold coin with a low mintage limit - a beautiful and eminently affordable way to own .9999 fine gold!

The allure of gold has held sway over mankind for millennia. The animals of the Chinese lunar zodiac are made all the more desirable by the Perth Mint's execution in 4 9s pure gold, artistically rendered in a proof finish with cameo frosted devices and mirrored fields. Even better is the price! Leave it to the Perth Mint to make the luxury of a .9999 fine gold proof affordable for everyone!

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A handsome yellow or golden Labrador Retriever adult stands at the ready!The Year of the Dog - Loyal, Friendly Intelligent!
Centuries ago, the Chinese invented a calendar based on the lunar (rather than the solar) cycle. There are twelve animals in the Chinese lunar zodiac, each corresponding in sequence to a year rather than a month.

Those born in the years 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 celebrate the Year of the Dog - man's best friend! According to tradition, people born during a Year of the Dog are said to exhibit that animal’s attributes.  They are loyal, honest, intelligent, straightforward and faithful, and possess a strong sense of righteousness. This large coin features a German Shepherd, an intelligent and protective breed that bonds strongly with its owner.

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The Friendly & Hard-Working Labrador Retriever
A yellow or golden Labrador Retriever from Great Britain named Endal, known as the most decorated dog in the world and the The Labrador Retriever (also Labrador, or Lab for short) is one of several kinds of retriever, a type of gun dog. A breed characteristic is its webbed paws for swimming, useful for the breed's original purpose of retrieving fishing nets. This and their subsequent use as hunting companions gave them the name retriever. The dogs of this breed are very loving, kind and compassionate to their masters. The Labrador is the most popular breed of dog (by registered ownership) in the world, and is, by a large margin, the most popular breed by registration in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. It is also the most popular breed of assistance dog in Canada, the United States, Australia, United Kingdom and many other countries, as well as being widely used by police and other official bodies for their detection and working abilities. Typically, Labradors are athletic, and love to swim, play catch and fetch, and are good with young children.

The modern Labrador's ancestors originated on the island of Newfoundland, now part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The breed emerged over time from the St. John's Water Dog, (also a founding breed of the Newfoundland dog) through ad-hoc breedings by early settlers in the mid to late 16th century. Labradors are a well-balanced, friendly and versatile breed, adaptable to a wide range of functions as well as making very good pets. Labradors instinctively enjoy holding objects and even hands or arms in their mouths, which they can do with great gentleness (a Labrador can carry an egg in its mouth without breaking it!). They are also known to have a very soft feel to the mouth, as a result of being bred to retrieve game such as waterfowl. The Labrador Retriever's coat repels water to some extent, thus facilitating the extensive use of the dog in waterfowl hunting.

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A cute and friendly yellow or golden Labrador Retriever puppy!The Golden or Yellow Labrador
Labrador Retrievers are registered in three colors: black (a solid black color), yellow (anything from light cream to "fox-red"), and chocolate (medium to dark brown). Some Labrador retrievers can have markings such as white patches on their chest and other areas, but most commonly they are one solid color. Yellow and chocolate pups would occasionally appear (although they were often culled) in previous eras, until finally gaining acceptance in the 20th century.

The first recognized yellow Labrador was Ben of Hyde, born 1899; chocolate labs became more established in the 1930s. In the early years of the breed through to the mid-20th century, Labradors of a shade we would now call "yellow" were in fact a dark, almost butterscotch, hue. Over the 20th century a preference for far lighter shades of yellow through to cream prevailed, until today most yellow labs are of this shade.

The shade was known as "Golden" until the  United Kingdom Kennel Club required a change in terminology, on the grounds that "Golden" was not actually a color (in fact, "golden" is an adjective describing color, and "chocolate" a noun describing a candy!). Perhaps the real reason for the change is to maintain breed distinction - although yellow labs are sometimes colloquially referred to by the uninitiated as "golden retrievers", this is a misnomer. In fact, the "Golden Retriever" is a separate, recognized breed.

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The Ultimate Guide Dog!
A pair of yellow or golden Labrador Retriever working dogs, who are serving as guide dogs for the disabled. Labradors are an intelligent breed with a good work ethic and, as stated, even temperaments (statistics show that 91.5% of Labradors who were tested passed the American Temperament Test). Common working roles for Labradors include hunting, tracking and detection (they have a great sense of smell which helps when working in these areas); disabled-assistance, carting, and therapy work. Approximately 60–70% of all guide dogs in Canada are Labradors; other common breeds are Golden Retrievers and German Shepherd Dogs.

The high intelligence, initiative and self-direction of Labradors in working roles is exemplified by dogs such as Endal, who during a 2001 emergency placed an unconscious human being in the recovery position, retrieved his mobile phone from beneath the car, fetched a blanket and covered him, barked at nearby dwellings for assistance, and then ran to a nearby hotel to obtain help. A number of Labradors have also been taught to assist their owner in removing money and credit cards from ATMs with prior training.

Endal (13 December 1995 - 13 March 2009) was a male Labrador retriever in Great Britain whose abilities as a service dog and as an ambassador for service dog charitable work resulted in his world wide notoriety. Among other distinctions, Endal has been described as "the most decorated dog in the world" (including "Dog of the Millennium"). He received the PDSA’s Gold Medal for Animal Gallantry and Devotion to Duty, the highest award available to an animal, and was filmed by over 340 film crews from around the world, and had a number of world "firsts" as an assistance dog to his credit.

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This is the eleventh annual release in the Lunar Zodiac Series II from Australia!

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A cute and friendly yellow or golden Labrador Retriever puppy! Investment Note
This artistically-rendered beauty contains a full one-tenth ounce of four nines (.9999) pure gold. Its weight represents a most popular fractional size of gold - small enough to be economical for any collector, but large enough to contain a significant amount of gold. If all this weren't enough to recommend this golden gem, consider the strict  mintage limit of only 4,000 in single packaging - small by any standards, but all the more so considering its affordability.

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Technology Note
The marvelous minting and refining technologies of the Perth Mint have brought us this affordable gold coin, in a purity (99.99%) that puts other, larger gold coins to shame!

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Labrador Retriever on the hunt looks over his shoulder, waiting for his master to catch up. He appears to be pointing, while standing in a frozen position next to a small pine tree. The legend YEAR OF THE DOG defines the theme. The Chinese character for "Dog" is above the Labrador Retriever, while the Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed to the left, near the 9:00 position along the rim.

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The reverse features 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 1/10 OZ 9999 GOLD guarantees the weight and purity. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date and the denomination also appear.

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The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, luxury oval-shaped display case, lined with black velvet, featuring a dark base and a light, glossy, timber-effect lid, protected by a full-color outer cardboard box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2018
Face Value 15 Dollars
Weight 3.111 g
Diameter 18.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)     1.30 mm
Mintage Limit 4,000 in single packaging
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Ing Ing Jong (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered


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