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Australia 2018-P Year of the Dog Chinese Lunar Zodiac Opals Series #3 - $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof Piedfort P01

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Get this third in this extremely popular seriesCelebrate 2018, the Year of the Dog,with this charming vignette of a friendly pup on this proof finish, one troy ounce pure silver dollar piedfort (extra-thick coin), with a GENUINE OPAL insert and very low mintage limit!

Opals are beautiful, translucent, and semi-precious gemstones. Gemologists consider the opal the uniquely Aussie gemstone - 95% of the world's opals are mined Down Under! Following hot on the heels of the sold out Treasures of Australia Program, the new and innovative Australian Opals Lunar Series features a lunar zodiac animal rendered in genuine, Australian opals! Each pure silver dollar is struck on an extra thick planchet (it is a piedfort) with a proof finish.

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Availability Note - The first two releases in this Lunar Zodiac Opals Series bothsold out in short order. With a mintage of just 5,000 (and our incredibly affordably, below-issue pricing), we believe that the Opal Dog will follow suit quickly. Do yourself a favor and put aside one (or more) of these in your holdings!

Each case has a battery operated light that turns on when the case is opened! This light appropriately simulates the moon shining down on the lunar animal, and can also be used to back-light the translucent opal panel in the center of the coin! Being part of an innovative new series, and with a very low mintage limit, we expect this beautyto sell out at the Mint rapidly! Read on for articles about opals; piedfort coins; and the lunar animal!

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A loyal German Shepherd 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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Intelligent, Loyal - And Extremely Popular!
A loyal German Shepherd The German Shepherd Dog (also known as an Alsatian or Deutscher Schäferhund) is a breed of large-sized dog that originated in Germany. The German Shepherd is a relatively new breed of dog, with its origin dating to 1899. The breed is a working dog originally developed for herding and guarding sheep. Because of its strength, intelligence and abilities in obedience training it is often employed in police and military roles around the world. German Shepherds currently account for nearly 5% of all dogs registered with the American Kennel Club. Due to its loyal and protective nature, the German Shepherd is one of the most registered of breeds.

The German Shepherd first gained international recognition following World War I, after returning soldiers spoke highly of the breed, and animal actors Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart popularized the breed further through the medium of moving pictures. As time progressed, their popularity increased gradually until 1993, when they became the third most popular breed in the United States. As of 2009, German Shepherds had climbed to the second most popular in the US. Additionally, the breed is typically among the most popular in other registries. The German Shepherd Dog's physique is very well suited to athletic competition, so they commonly compete in shows and competitions such as agility trials.

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An intelligent, loyal and hard-working German Shepherd Dog, one of the Working Dogs.German Shepherds were bred specifically for their intelligence, a trait for which they are now renowned. They are considered to be the third most intelligent breed of dog, behind only Border Collies and Poodles. In the book The Intelligence of Dogs, author Stanley Coren found that they had the ability to learn simple tasks after only five repetitions, and obeyed the first command given 95% of the time. Coupled with their strength, this trait makes the breed desirable as police, guard, and search and rescue dogs, as they are able to quickly learn various tasks and interpret instructions better than other large breeds.

German Shepherds are highly active dogs, and described in breed standards as self-assured and confident. The breed is marked by a willingness to learn and an eagerness to have a purpose. Shepherds have a loyal nature and bond well with people they know. However, they can become over-protective of their family and territory, especially if not socialized correctly. They are not inclined to become immediate friends with strangers. German Shepherds are highly intelligent and obedient and some people think they require a "firm hand", but more recent research into training methods has shown they respond as well, if not better, to positive reward based training methods.

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And A Hard Worker!
A loyal, intelligent and hard-working German Shepherd Dog, one of the working dogs, undergoing military training in the United States Air Force (USAF).German Shepherds are a very popular choice for use as working dogs. They are especially well known for their police work, being used for tracking criminals, patrolling troubled areas, and detection and holding of suspects. Additionally thousands of German Shepherds have been used by the military. Usually trained for scout duty, they are used to warn soldiers to the presence of enemies or of booby traps or other hazards. Incredibly, German Shepherds have been trained by military groups to parachute from aircraft.

The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most widely used breeds in a wide variety of scent-work roles. These include search and rescue, cadaver searching, narcotics detection, explosives detection, accelerant detection, and mine detection dog, among others. They are suited for these lines of work because of their keen sense of smell and their ability to work regardless of distractions.

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A pair of loyal, intelligent and hard-working German Shepherd Dogs, one of the working dog breeds, high in the mountains. At one time the German Shepherd Dog was the breed chosen almost exclusively to be used as a guide dog for the visually impaired. In recent years, Labrador and Golden Retrievers have been more widely used for this work, although there are still German Shepherds being trained. A versatile breed, they excel in this field due to their strong sense of duty, their mental abilities, their fearlessness, and their attachment to their owner.

German Shepherd Dogs are used for herding and tending sheep grazing in meadows next to gardens and crop fields. They are expected to patrol the boundaries to keep sheep from trespassing and damaging the crops. In Germany and other places these skills are tested in herding utility dog trials also known as HGH (Herdengebrauchshund).

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This is the third annual release in the Lunar Zodiac Opals Series from Australia!

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An Unique Gemstone
A group of iridescent, Australian white opals similar to the ones ensconced in this 1 Ounce Pure Silver Proof from the Perth Mint There is nothing else in the world like opals - so beautiful and distinctive that they have necessitated an adjective just to describe them: opalescent. Opal is Nature's own kaleidoscope, with its ever-changing, prismatic rainbow of colors that shimmers and shifts as the light strikes from different angles. This lustrous, multicolored, iridescent light show has impressed humanity since antiquity. The desirability of opals is all the more augmented by the rarity of the milky white variety, such as are contained within this coin. Of course, the desirability of this coin is also augmented by its marriage of precious, pure silver with these unique gemstones!

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Gemologist consider the opal the quintessentially Aussie gemstone. One reason for this is that about 95% of the world's opals are mined in Australia. So synonymous with the Land Down Under have opals become that it is the official gemstone of the Commonwealth of Australia!

Please see the articles later in this presentation (after the blue Specifications box) for more information about and pictures of Australian opals!

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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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2016 Year of the Monkey Opals in BoxObverse
An opal canine struts his stuff, surrounded by engraved leaves and flowers and an oriental key motif. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed at the 4:30 position near the rim. The legend YEAR OF THE DOG defines the theme, while the legend 1 OZ 9999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The date of issue is 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 the 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. Each case has a battery operated light that turns on when the case is opened! This light simulates the moon shining down on the lunar animal, and can also be used to back-light the translucent opal panel in the center of the coin! An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
A group of iridescent, Australian white opals similar to the ones ensconced in this 1 Ounce Pure Silver Proof from the Perth Mint
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.107 g
Diameter 36.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   3.95 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
   
Finish Proof with Opal Insert
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Natasha Muhl (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

The Andamooka (Queen's) Opal
One of the largest and most famous opal stones is the Andamooka Opal, also known as the Queen's Opal. In 1954, a search for the finest opal in the world was initiated by the government of South Australia. After an extensive quest, the Andamooka Opal was discovered in the South Australian opal fields, near the historic opal mining town from which this magnificent gem derives its name.

The famous Andamooka (Queen's) Opal set in its palladium choker necklace belongs to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth IIThe Andamooka Opal was cut and polished by John Altmann of Sydney to a weight of 203 carats. It displays a magnificent array of reds, blues, and greens and was set with diamonds into an 18-karat palladium choker necklace. This one-of-a-kind ensemble was presented to Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her first official state visit to Australia, a gift truly fit for a queen! Today, the Andamooka Opal and its attendant pieces form part of Queen Elizabeth II's personal crown jewels.

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Opal Fun Facts
• In ancient times, the opal was believed to represent both hope and purity.
• In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that provided great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal.
• Opal is the traditional birthstone for those born in the month of October.
• The opal is often referred to as the "Queen of Gems".

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