Australian Antarctic Territory - Emperor Penguin

Australia 2012 - $1 - Australian Antarctic Territory - Emperor Penguin - 1oz LIMITED Silver Coin

Only 7.500 of these special coins were issued by Perth Mint!
This silver proof coin is dedicated to animals of the Australian Antarctic Territory.
$96.38

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Country Australia
Year 2012
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 1
Metal Silver
Fineness 999/1000
Weight 1oz - 31,1g
Diameter 40,6 mm
Thickness 4 mm
Mintage 7500
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $96.38
Coin Story

The emperor penguin is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and is endemic to Antarctica. The male and female are similar in plumage and size, reaching 122 cm (48 in) in height and weighing anywhere from 22 to 45 kg (49 to 99 lb). The dorsal side and head are black and sharply delineated from the white belly, pale-yellow breast and bright-yellow ear patches. Like all penguins it is flightless, with a streamlined body, and wings stiffened and flattened into flippers for a marine habitat. Its diet consists primarily of fish, but can also include crustaceans, such as krill, and cephalopods, such as squid. In hunting, the species can remain submerged up to 18 minutes, diving to a depth of 535 m (1,755 ft). It has several adaptations to facilitate this, including an unusually structured hemoglobin to allow it to function at low oxygen levels, solid bones to reduce barotrauma, and the ability to reduce its metabolism and shut down non-essential organ functions.

Reverse Design

The coin’s reverse depicts a coloured image of Emperor Penguins and two chicks standing on ice floes, which appear within the outline of Antarctica. The Perth ‘P’ mintmark is included in the design.

Obverse Design

Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.

Packaging

The Australian Antarctic Territory - Emperor Penguin silver coin comes in a charcoal-coloured presentation case, which comes within a stylish outer shipper accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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