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PYGMY POSSUM Opal Australian Opals Series Silver Coin 1$ Australia 2013


Just like its flora and fauna, opal is symbolically Australian. Embodying the vibrancy of this precious stone, The Perth Mint is proud to release the fourth design from the superbly crafted Australian Opal Series. The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality. The adorable pygmy possum marks the fourth release from the series.

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Pygmy Possum
The pygmy possums are a family of small possums that together form the marsupial family Burramyidae. The five extant species of pygmy possum are grouped into two genera. Four of the species are endemic to Australia, with one species also co-occurring in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
Pygmy possums range in length from about 5 to 12 cm (2.0 to 4.7 in), and usually weigh between 10 and 50 grams (0.35 and 1.8 oz). They are nocturnal and omnivorous, living on a diet of invertebrates, fruit, seed, nectar and pollen. They are excellent climbers, due in part to their prehensile tails. Although they cannot glide like some other species of possums, some species are able to leap long distances.
Conservation International (CI) and the Indonesia Institute of Science (LIPI) reported on the possible discovery of a new species of Cercartetus pygmy possum upon visit to the Foja Mountains in June 2007.

  • CountryAustralia
  • Year2013
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)36.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)8.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin’s reverse incorporates an inner panel design of a pygmy possum on a banksia branch, detailed in pure Australian opal. The outer panel of the coin depicts banksia leaves and blossoms, a waxing gibbous moon and the Southern Cross – a renowned star group which is only visible in the Southern hemisphere. Issued as Australian legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination. The 2013 Pygmy Possum 1oz Silver Proof Coin is presented in a prestigious display case with a light, which turns on as the case is opened to represent the moon shining down on the nocturnal creature.