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2013 THE LAND DOWN UNDER SILVER PROOF SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
The iconic Sydney Opera House features on this one ounce proof silver coin from Perth Mint. The Australian Landmarks series has proven extremely popular.
A stunning coloured reverse design displays fireworks behind the Opera House.
Set in a solid map shaped frame and suspended in two clear sheets of latex it makes a beautiful item for display.
This coin was the first in the series from Perth Mint and is long since sold out.
They were an extremely limited release with only 5,000 coins in the mintage.
Certificate of Authenticity number may vary from the one displayed here.
The Sydney Opera House has a ground breaking architectural design by Jorn Utzon from Denmark. He won the design competition in 1957 and a prize of 5,000 pounds sterling. The official opening of the building did not take place until 20 October 1973.
It is not just an opera house but a multi-venue center to display all aspects of the performing arts. It is one of the busiest in the world as it has so many varied spaces within. It is a magnet for tourists from around the world with an estimated seven million visitors a year.
It is not only one of the worlds most distinctive buildings it has in fact been listed as of 2007 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In total the building uses 1.8 hectares of ground space and via almost 600 support piers it supports the structure of the iconic sails or shells as they are sometimes referred to. The shells are in fact actually covered in stoneware tiles in 2 colours of white and matte cream. There are more than one million tiles covering the shells.
Originally it was budgeted at $7 million for the project's completion but the final figure was far higher at $102 million and coming in ten years late and at 1,457% over budget.
The Land Down Under – Sydney Opera House 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin
Mint Mark: P - Perth Mint
Metal Content: 1 troy oz
Manufacturer: Perth Mint
Thickness: 2.98 mm
Diameter: 40.6 mm
Ian Rank-Broadley designed the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination which are shown on the obverse