Coin Collecting at the Safir House
The Duggong ranges from Northern Australia to Indonesia, with particular concentrations in Sharks Bay and Northern Australia. It has been hunted by oboriginal tribes for thousands of years, and previously by modern Western populations. It is considered vernable to extinction. Personally, I don't think of food when I see this animal, but I'm not a starving aboriginal.
To Learn more about the Duggong see its wikipedia entry.
The coin itself is one of the best ever done by the Perth mint and right up there as one of the great coin designes of the decade.
Do yourself a favor and look at the close up of this coin and remember that the animal itself has no color. It is just a wonderful coin.
Here is a Archive of Dugong Images.
The Safir Family Internet Coins Library.Click to see these examples show below including photography: note to lawyer: most of the good stuff is gone
Go To Section II: Modern and Ancient Foreign Coins from Outside The United States
Go To Section III: Mandy's 25th Anniversary World Wildlife Fund Silver Coins
The Safir Family Internet Coins Library: Foriegn Coins.Several mints from around the world make exciting coin designs in circulating alloys, silver and gold. Among my favorites are the Perth Mint in Austrailia which produces a variety of coins for nations mostly through out the Pacific Rim. The Neatherlands has also produced some interesting designs, and several private US based mints have produced foreign currency on contract, include the Franklin Mint which has produced many Israeli Coins. Our interest in foreign coins has been nominal but rapidly growing as it seems that US designs are so stuck in the mud. Also, foreign mints are creating bold new designs with color and bimetal designs that are both eye catching and fun.
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