The 2013 Polar Animals Series is the Royal Australian Mint's fourth animal series, following the popular Ocean, Land and
Sea series. The Polar Series encompasses six, uncirculated coins, each depicting different animals that can be found in some
of the coldest places on Earth; a Polar Bear, Rockhopper Penguin, Humpback Whale, Walrus, Weddell Seal, and Atlantic Puffin.
(Royal Australian Mint, 2013)
The series was periodically released in pairs throughout the year in specially designed cards. The Atlantic Puffin was
part of the final release, along with the Weddell Seal.
(Royal Australian Mint, 2011)
The Atlantic Puffin is adept at both swimming and flying allowing them to spend most of their time at sea.
(National Georgraphic, 2017)
Using a colour/pad printing process, the Mint perfectly captures the characteristic deep colours of this species. The
reverse was created by first striking the coin with a very detailed relief
then applying coloured ink to further enhance the design.
(Royal Australian Mint, 2008)
The result is eye-catching with precise, vivid details and intense colour, paying artistic homage to this stunning species.
The obverse features Ian Rank-Broadley's image of Queen Elizabeth II.
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