2008 Christmas Island 1oz Silver Proof Dollar Coin

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2008 Christmas Island 1oz Silver Proof Dollar Coin

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Christmas Island became an Australian Territory on 1 October 1958 under the Christmas Island Act.

Fifty years on, this magnificent anniversary commemorative is being issued by The Perth Mint with a design celebrating the Island’s spectacular wildlife.

Located in the Indian Ocean approximately 2,650km north-west of Perth, Christmas Island was named by Captain William Mynors of the Royal Mary, who passed by on 25 December 1643.

It became part of the British Empire in 1888 following the discovery of large quantities of phosphate of lime, an important resource. Under Australian jurisdiction, more than 60% of the Island is now protected for the benefit of its many unique and unusual species and the preservation of their habitat.

The coins design depicts the Golden Bosun bird, which is unique to Christmas Island, and a coloured large Red Crab. Millions of Red Crabs migrate annually from the rainforest on Christmas Island to the ocean.

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.

The Perth Mint will release no more than 5,000 coins.

Each case comes with an illustrated box - shipper and comes with a Numbered Certificate of Authenticity.


Denomination $1.00
Metal 99.9% Silver
Mass 31.135grams
Diameter 40.60mm
Finish Proof with selective colour
Mintage 5,000
Manufacturer The Perth Mint
SKU 015514

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