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Australia 2018-P Kookaburra Taking Flight At Night Against Backdrop of Full Moon $1 Ultra High Relief Medallic Pure Silver Dollar Proof Piedfort P05

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Ultra high relief makes this dramatic Kooka pop! An adult Laughing Kookaburra takes flight at night against a backdrop of the full moon on this high relief, pure silver dollar piedfort (extra-thick coin)!

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The kookaburra is one of the definitive symbols of Australia, the island continent. The Perth Mint and Talisman Coins are proud to bring you this incredible new addition to the renowned Australian Kookaburra Series of coins. This special edition, full proof finish silver dollar with a low mintage limit is struck in ultra high, medallic relief on a one troy ounce, concave, extra-thick planchet (it is a piedfort) with a proof finish. This year an adult Laughing Kookaburra takes flight at night against a backdrop of the full moon! We believe that this beauty will be a real sleeper within the Silver Kookaburra Series - full proof finish kookaburra silver dollars are few and far between! With its extremely limited mintage, we expect Kookaburra collectors to snatch this one up in record time! Get it while you can!

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A bright-eyed Laughing Kookaburra watches and waits on a stump.This beautiful coin is part of the highly collectible series of one troy ounce Pure Silver Kookaburras. The obverse design of this series, with the kookaburra, 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 Kookaburra 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 you need when you find it.

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What's So Funny?
The kookaburra is probably the best known bird of Australia. There are actually four species of kookaburra found in Australia and New Guinea. All are members of the Kingfisher family. Far and away the most familiar is the Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae).

Kookaburras are famous for their unmistakable call, which sounds uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter - good-natured, if rather hysterical, merriment in the case of the Laughing Kookaburra; and maniacal cackling in the case of the slightly smaller Blue-Winged Kookaburra (D. leachii). The word "kookaburra" is borrowed from an aboriginal word of the Wiradjura language, "guuguubarra", which is onomatopoeic of (replicates) the avian's call.

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A pair of laughing kookaburras is perched together on a tree branch.Kookaburras are carnivorous. They eat lizards, snakes, insects, mice and raw meat. The more socialized birds will accept handouts from humans and will take raw or cooked meat from open-air barbecues left unattended. Kookas are territorial, and often live with the partly grown chicks of the previous season.

The notoriety of the kookaburra's laugh, as well as its nervy antics, has been spread worldwide by the popular children's song "Kookaburra" by Marion Sinclair. Please see the end of this article for the complete lyrics to the song "Kookaburra".

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High Relief Piedfort (Extra-thick) Dragon $1 CoinWhat 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 (or more) as normal.

Finally, the age-old question, "How is the word pronounced?" Coming from the 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 an adult Laughing Kookaburra takes flight at night against a backdrop of the full moon! The Perth Mint "P" mint mark is judiciously placed near fern at the 4:00 position near the edge. The legend AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA denotes the theme. The date is indicated, while the legend 1 OZ 9999 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 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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SpecificationsA handsome Laughing Kookaburra waits on a rail.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.107 g
Diameter 32.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)    6.00 mm
Mintage Limit 4,000 (in single packaging)
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Neil Hollis(obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Included

 

"Kookaburra" by Marion Sinclair
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh kookaburra, laugh
Kookaburra, gay your life must be

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the gumdrops that he can see
Stop, kookaburra, stop
Kookaburra, leave some there for me

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Chasing all the monkeys he can see
Stop, kookaburra, stop
Kookaburra, that's not a monkey, that's me!

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