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Australia Starfish

2011-P Proof Silver Fifty Cent reverse 2011-P Proof Silver Fifty Cent obverse

2011-P Proof Silver Fifty Cent

Reverse Designer:Perth Mint Design Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:20mm Weight:15.55g Composition:99.99% Silver


Sales History

This Starfish piece was released in 2010 as part of the Perth mint 's Sea Life series. The series celebrates some of Australia's most unique reef dwelling species. The reverse of this particular coin features a coloured depiction of the Starfish with the legend 'AUSTRALIAN SEA LIFE II - THE REEF' and 'STARFISH'. The obverse houses the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend 'ELIZABETH II - AUSTRALIA - 50 CENTS - 1/2 OZ 999 SILVER - 2011.'

The starfish is one of the worlds most iconic reef dwellers. There are approximately two thousand species of the creature that can be found in all of the world's oceans. (National Geographic, 2017) The creatures have a central disc from which five arms protrude (some species have additional arms). Some species have colours that allow them to camouflage themselves from or even intimidate predators. Interestingly the starfish is capable of regenerating damaged or lost limbs.

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