Australia 2012 kookaburra laughing $1 pure silver dollar reverse proof
A laughing kookaburra sits on an eucalyptus tree branch, combining two symbols of the Australian Outback on this pure silver beauty! The kookaburra is one of the iconic symbols of Australia, made all the more desirable by the Perth Mint's execution of this handsome bird in pure silver, artistically rendered in an unique, reverse proof finish! This year a single laughing kookaburra perches on branch of that most Australian of all trees, the eucalyptus. This beautiful coin is part of the highly collectible series of one 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. Click here for other beautiful Kookaburra coins! 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. Click here for more coins and medals featuring animals! 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". Click here for more great pure silver coins! Obverse A single laughing kookaburra perches on branch of that most Australian of all trees, the eucalyptus. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The Perth Mint "P" mint mark is judiciously placed between two eucalyptus leaves at the 9:00 position near the edge. The legend AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA and the date are also indicated. Reverse Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, 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. Click here for other beautiful silver dollars! Specifications Country Australia Mint Perth Mint of Australia Year of Issue 2012 Face Value One Dollar Weight 31.135 g Diameter 40.60 mm Gauge (Thickness) 4.00 mm Mintage Limit 500,000 Finish Reverse Proof Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver Edge Reeded (milled, serrated) Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse) Packaging Encapsulated "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! Click here for other beautiful Kookaburra coins! Talisman World Coins and Medals has been in business for more than 20 years and is one of the largest world coin direct distributors and wholesalers in the world. ANA Life Member. Copyright © 2011 Talisman World Coins and Medals. All Rights Reserved. Powered by ProStores
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