AUSTRALIAN STOCK HORSE 5 Oz Gold Coin 500 Dollars Australia 2016

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This beautiful Gold coin is the third of the series released by Perth Mint and represents a beautiful Australian Stock Horse, a hardy breed of horse noted for endurance, agility and a good temperament. This 5 Ounces Gold coin has a Proof quality and comes packaged in an original wooden box, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to only 99 pieces worldwide.

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Specifications
Country Australia
Year 2016
Face Value 500 Dollars
Metal Gold
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 155.5 (5 oz)
Diameter (mm) 50.50
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 99
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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The Australian Stock Horse
In past years the Australian Stock Horse has been widely used throughout Australia on cattle stations and as a favored mount worldwide for cavalries during war. Today the Australian Stock Horse has evolved into a high performance horse due to its versatility, quiet temperament, intelligence and athletic ability. With its versatility, the Australian Stock Horse has achieved outstanding success in a wide variety of sports including show jumping, dressage, eventing, pony club events, polo, polocrosse and campdrafting (an Australian sport involving cutting a cow and steering it around a course). Anyone would agree that they are distinctive, unique, capable and made for Australian conditions.
The First World War, and particularly the Allenby campaign against the Turks, created a reputation for the Australian Stock Horse as being the finest cavalry horse in the world. The horse could carry heavy loads, had great stamina and strong riding qualities. So remarkable were these traits that the horse was shipped to cavalries all over the world during the War. Upon their return to Australia, however, the horses were quarantined and soon destroyed in the desert by government order. Today there is a memorial to commemorate this sturdy breed in Sydney.

 
Design

The coin’s reverse portrays an Australian Stock Horse jumping a hurdle amid a rural landscape. The design includes the inscriptions: “THE AUSTRALIAN STOCK HORSE” – the name of the coin and of the series, the “2016” - issue year, coins fineness and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark. The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination: “500 Dollars” and the issue country: “Australia”.

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