The beautiful Masked Owl opal coin is the sixth release in the popular Australian Opal series, showcasing nocturnal Aussie animals created in pure opal.
The Australian Masked Owl is a highly distinctive bird, generally found in the coastal regions of the mainland and Tasmania. The winsome creature is recognised by its brown feathers surrounding a white, heart-shaped mask.
Struck by The Perth Mint 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 8,000 of the Australian Opal Series - Masked Owl 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin.
The coin’s reverse incorporates an inner panel design of an Australian Masked Owl sitting in a tree hollow detailed in pure Australian opal. The outer panel of the coin features eucalypt leaves, blossoms, native flowers and a Waning Gibbous moon. The Southern Cross – a renowned star group which is only visible in the Southern hemisphere is also depicted.
The coin's obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.
The coin is presented in a prestigious display case with a light, which turns on as you open the lid, to represent the moon shining down on the nocturnal creature. The coin is accompanied by a stunning illustrated shipper and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
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