Elizabeth II (1952-date)
1.00 AUD = 0.78 USD
|Composition||Silver (.999) (Pad Printed)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Series: Australian Antarctic Territory
4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
A team of huskies pulling a sled with a coloured Antarctic sky in the background. The depiction also incorporates a coloured image of a husky, which appear within the outline of Antarctica.
As well as the inscription 2010 - HUSKY, it includes the words ”Australian Antarctic Territory” and the mint's traditional “P”mint mark.
2010 - HUSKY
Australian Antarctic Territory
1 OZ 99.9 SILVER
|P||Perth Mint, Australia|
The 7th release from The Perth Mint's popular Australian Antarctic Territory Series commemorates the Husky.
Husky is a general term for several breeds of dogs ideally adapted to hauling sledges in cold, snowy conditions. Originally from northern regions, huskies were introduced to Antarctica by the British Antarctic Expedition of 1898-1900. Australia kept huskies in Antarctica for almost 40 years beginning in 1954 with the opening of Mawson Station. As well as proving to be hard-working, reliable forms of transport, they were also loyal companions and much-loved by Australian Antarctic expeditioners.
In 1991, Australia signed an environmental treaty that required introduced species to be removed from the Antarctic. The last remaining huskies left the Australian Antarctic Territory in 1993, the older dogs retiring to Australia, while the younger working dogs began new lives in the United States.
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