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, Humback 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 Polar Bear was part
of the first release, along with the Rockhopper Penguin.
(Royal Australian Mint, 2011)
The Polar Bear is a stunning animal that spends most of its time hunting on Arctic Ice. They are a threatened species
with the World Conservation Union (IUCN) estimating only 20,000 - 25,000 left in existence.
(Defenders of Wildlife, 2017)
Using a colour/pad printing process, the Mint perfectly captures
the characteristic, bright 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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