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WOMBAT OPAL Australian Opals Series Silver Coin 1$ Australia 2012


The second release in the Australian Opal series, showcasing nocturnal Australian animals created in pure Australian opal. It depicts the wombat, it will sleep most of the day in its burrow, and at dusk or at night will forage for food. 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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Wombat (Vombatus ursinus)
Wombats are short-legged, muscular quadrupedal marsupials, native to Australia, approximately 1 metre (40 in) in length with a short, stubby tail. They are adaptable in habitat tolerance, and are found in forested, mountainous, and heathland areas of south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania, as well as an isolated patch of about 300 hectares (740 acres) in Epping Forest National Park in central Queensland.
Wombats dig extensive burrow systems with rodent-like front teeth and powerful claws. One distinctive adaptation of wombats is their backwards pouch. The advantage of a backwards-facing pouch is that when digging, the wombat does not gather dirt in its pouch over its young. Although mainly crepuscular and nocturnal, wombats also venture out to feed on cool or overcast days.
Wombats are herbivores; their diet consists mostly of grasses, sedges, herbs, bark and roots.

  • 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 wombat detailed in pure Australian opal. The outer panel of the coin depicts Bottlebrush leaves and blossoms, a waxing crescent moon and the Southern Cross – a renowned star group which is only visible in the Southern hemisphere. The coin's obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the monetary denomination. Presented in a prestigious display case, a light turns on as you open the case representing the moon shining down on the nocturnal wombat. This 1oz silver coin is also accompanied by a stunning illustrated shipper and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.