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Australia Blue Gum

1996 Proof One Hundred Fifty Dollar reverse 1996 Proof One Hundred Fifty Dollar obverse

1996 Proof One Hundred Fifty Dollar

Reverse Designer:Horst Hahne Obverse Designer:Raphael Maklouf Size:30mm Weight:15.55g Edge:Reeded Composition:99.99% Gold


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This one hundred fifty Dollar gold proof coin issued in 1996 was the second to be released from a series of nine entitled Floral Emblems of Australia. The set was released between the years of 1995 and 2003 with a coin featuring the floral emblem of each state as well as the Commonwealth, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. This particular coin features the Blue Gum, which is the floral emblem of Tasmania. Each emblem of the entire series is represented on three different coins. The first is a $150 half Troy ounce proof coin and the remaining two are both $100 one-third Troy ounce proof coins, one of which is an uncirculated version. (Royal Australian Mint, 2002) With regards to the $150 coins there was a limited mintage of 1500. Credit for the design of the reverse of this coin goes to Horst Hahne. The design is very simple and features the Tasmanian Blue Gum, which takes up the majority of the space. The legend 150 DOLLARS is curved beneath the flower following the shape of the coin. The obverse features the Raphael Maklouf portrait of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and is surrounded by the legend that reads ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1996. The $150 coins were issued in a Tasmanian Blackwood presentation case and accompanying it was a Certificate of Authenticity and booklet of information pertaining to the different floral emblems. The outer box was a burgundy colour and features the text FLORAL EMBLEMS OF AUSTRALIA written above a picture of the flower represented within. Below was written 1996 $150 GOLD PROOF. Additionally a larger presentation case was made available, in which the entire series can be housed.

The Blue Gum tree goes by a variety of names such as the Tasmanian Blue Gum, the Southern Blue Gum or its scientific name eucalyptus globulus. They are an evergreen tree that grow to up to 180 ft tall and are the most widely cultivated of all of the native Australian trees. Although found in other areas the Blue Gum is most commonly found in Tasmania and Southern Victoria. The leaves can be used to extract eucalyptus oil and the Blue Gum tree is actually the primary source of the popular oil. The leaves can also be used to make tea and the flowers are a great source of pollen and nectar making them a favourite with bees. In 1962 the Tasmanian Blue Gum tree was made the floral emblem of Tasmania.

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