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KOALA OPAL Australian Opals Series Silver Coin 1$ Australia 2012


The first release in this stunning new series depicts the koala, perhaps Australia’s most beloved and iconic animal. Like many Australian mammals, this unique creature is nocturnal and can sleep for approximately 18 hours a day. This idea was the inspiration behind the design concept. The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.


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This wonderfully crafted koala coin is the first release in the outstanding, new Australian opal series. Showcasing nocturnal Australian animals created in pure Australian opal, this unique concept is simply dazzling.
This stunning series will feature eight coins in total, with two releases per year, forthcoming release: the Wombat.

The koala's nickname is a Native Bear. The koala is a mammal. They are warm-blooded. The koala's young is called a cub. The koala's young are born alive. Koalas drink milk from the mother. The koala breaths oxygen from air. The koala might look cuddly but the koala has very sharp teeth and very sharp claws. The koalas have white on the underside and gray on the rest of its body.
The koala has big ears and a big nose. The mother has a pouch. The koala has very thick fur. The adult koala gets 25 to 30 inches long. The koala is very small when it's just born. After a month the cub is 1 cm. long. The koala weighs 15 to 30 pounds. One cub is born at a time.
The koala cub stays in the mother's pouch for 5 months. The koala cub is blind when it's born. Koalas breed in the summer. Koalas live for 20 or more years. The koala can run as fast as a rabbit. The koalas sleep for up to 19 hours. The koala lives on the East coast of Australia. They live and sleep in the eucalyptus trees. It's hot, light, and dry here.
The koala's territory is getting smaller because people are cutting down trees and making farms on them. Koalas can only live in one place in the world. The koala only eats Eucalyptus leaves and it eats so many leaves, it smells like the leaves.
The koala hops from tree to tree and climbs the trees to get the leaves. The koala will eat 2.5 pounds of food a day. It uses its claws to get the branches and get the leaves. The koala used to be endangered because people would kill the koala for its fur.
Over 2 million koalas were killed between 1908 and 1927. Occasionally koalas are taken by Goannas, Eagles, and Owls. Humans are koala's worst enemies. Dingoes will kill the koala. The koala does not have very many enemies. Koala young are hunted by large birds of prey. Their Behavior is Clumsy but they are strong swimmers. They live in loose-knit groups if enough suitable trees are present, but only one animal per tree. Males express territoriality during the breeding season, bellowing and grasping the base of a tree while rubbing their chest against it, thus leaving a scent marking with their chest gland. Females bellow as well during this time but are not territorial.

  • CountryAustralia
  • Year2012
  • 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 koala in a gum tree, detailed in pure Australian opal. The outer panel of the coin depicts Eucalypt leaves and blossoms, a new moon and the Southern Cross, a renowned star group which is only visible in the Southern hemisphere. Issued as Australian legal tender, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination. Presented in a prestigious display case, a light turns on as you open the case, highlighting the opal design and symbolising moonlight, shining down on the nocturnal koala.