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ROUGH SCALED PYTHON Australian Opals Series Silver Coin 1$ Australia 2015


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 seventh 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 seventh release in the Australian Opal Series features the beautiful Rough-Scaled Python.

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Rough-Scaled Python
Morelia carinata, commonly known as the rough-scaled python, is a large-scaled python species endemic to Australia. No subspecies are currently recognized. Adults grow to 2 m (6.6 ft) in total length. M. carinata is distinguished by the presence of a large parietal scale and by having distinct keeled dorsal scales. The body is slim and muscular. The color pattern is light honey-tan with darker reddish-brown markings. The belly is white, possibly with black spots. They are now available to private owners, originating from a few wild caught specimens, as it was found they breed readily in captivity. Found in Australia, northwestern Western Australia in the lower sections of the Mitchell and Hunter rivers, just inland from the coast. They are found in rocky valleys of Kimberley region in far northern Western Australia where they climb on low trees and shrubs. So far reported to be strictly crepuscular. The temperament is quite docile with rarely any attempts to bite. This species is confirmed to be an egg-layer (oviparous) like other pythons.

  • CountryAustralia
  • Year2015
  • 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 Rough-Scaled Python detailed in pure Australian opal. The outer panel of the coin depicts a collection of fern fronds. The design includes the inscription ROUGH SCALED PYTHON, the 2015 year-date, and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.
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.