2014 RAM Silver Proof "Explorers' First Sightings" - Tyrannosaurus Roo
The first in the set of three "Explorers' First Sightings" within the Skippy series, this somewhat alarming coin alludes to a 1772 oil painting - "The Kongouro from New Holland" - by the famous equine artist, George Stubbs. His was the first non-indigenous depiction of any marsupial and he based it on the inflated skin of an animal collected from Australia in 1770 during the then Lieutenant Cook's first voyage of discovery.
The absence of a real kangaroo for reference is more than apparent in an image that would seem to better represent some new hellish genetic mutation created by a gullible kangaroo being subjected to a Bill Gates vaccination primed with DNA from a T-Rex and RNA from an Archimedean Death-Ray.
Despite the anatomical inaccuracy, this T-Roo is definitely one of my favourite RAM coins and designer Aaron Baggio has captured the spirit of the original artwork with great sympathy - even if unable to deliver red eyes to this menacing rascal.
Personally. I prefer the 2013 Frostie over the Proof. It puts me in mind of the Mexican Libertad.
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I would like to own the proof 5 Pounds- but outside of my budget- the 1989 5 Pound was a compromise, the 2017 was a nice find from Atkinsons in March this year- cost less than release price- lovely 5 Pound Sovereign.