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Australia 2018-P Koala Bear Climbing Up Eucalyptus Gum Tree in Outback $8 5 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Medallic Proof Piedfort P06 - MINTAGE 500

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Ultra high relief makes this dramatic Koala Bear pop! This year finds our koala bear in his natural habitat, climbing along an eucalyptus tree branch in the Australian outback on this HUGE, dramatic with a TINY MINTAGE (just 500) 5 troy ounce pure silver proof piedfort (extra-thick) coin, with a lucky $8 denomination!

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

Investment Opportunity! The koala bear is one of the iconic symbols of Australia. The Perth Mint and Talisman Coins are proud to bring you this incredible new addition to the renowned Australian Koala Series of coins. This special edition, full proof finish coin with an extremely low mintage limit is struck in ultra high, medallic relief on a five troy ounce, concave, extra-thick planchet (it is a piedfort). This year the design finds our koala bear in his natural habitat, climbing along the branch of an eucalyptus tree in search of tasty gum tree leaves! We believe that this beauty will be a real sleeper within the Silver Koala Series - 5 troy oz, full proof finish koalas are few and far between! With its extremely limited mintage, we expect Koala Bear collectors to snatch this one up in record time! Don't miss out - get it while you can!

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A cute and cuddly koala climbs the eucalyptus tree. MUST...GET...LEAVESThis 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. The Mint refers to the finish alternately as their "bullion" and their "specimen" finish, though it appears to be a reverse proof finish - a term we prefer, to avoid confusion with the Royal Canadian Mint's proprietary, much better known, and century old Specimen finish.

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A Most Unusual and Surprising Bear!
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. 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).

Koala 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?
High Relief Piedfort (Extra-thick) Dragon $1 Coin 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 the design finds our koala bear in his natural habitat, climbing 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 koala, near the 10:00 position near the rim. The legend 5 OZ 9999 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 2018
   
Face Value Eight Dollars
Weight 155.533 g
Diameter 50.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)    11.00 mm
Mintage Limit 500
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Natasha Muhl (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Included




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