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MASKED OWL Opal Australian Opals Series Silver Coin 1$ Australia 2014


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 sixth 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 sixth release in the Australian Opal Series features the beautiful Masked Owl.

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Masked Owl
Brown feathers surround a white, heart-shaped mask. Their dorsal plumage is brown, aside from light gray spots on the upper back. Their front is white with brown spots. Their eye color varies from black to dark brown. Females are darker shaded and larger than males.
Masked owls show strong reverse sexual dimorphism. Male masked owls' weights ranges from 420-800 g, while females are typically much larger ranging from 545-1260 g. Length ranges between 330–410 mm for males and 390–500 mm for females. Wing span is up to 1280 mm for southern female masked owls. Masked owls follow the typical pattern of birds from the tropics being much smaller than birds from temperate regions. In this instance, Tasmanian masked owls are the largest.
The Australian masked owl inhabits timbered areas, often with a shrub understorey. In Australia they are seldom found more than 300 km inland. They roost and nest in large tree hollows near foraging areas. They are nocturnal and their prey includes rodents, small dasyurids, possums, bandicoots, rabbits, bats, birds, reptiles and insects. Foraging is primarily for terrestrial prey, however some prey is taken from the trees or in flight. The population of the Australian masked owl on the mainland is declining and several states have this owl on the Species Conservation Status list. They are territorial and may remain in the same area once they have established a breeding territory.

  • CountryAustralia
  • Year2014
  • 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 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.