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Coin "Australian Opal – Masked Owl"

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Австралийский опал – Австралийская сипуха

Name Australian Opal – Masked Owl
Presented by The Perth Mint, Australia
Nominal value 1 australian dollar
Metal Silver 999°
Weight 31,135 g
Diameter 36,60 mm
Thickness 4,50 mm
Mintage 8 000 pcs.
Production quality Proof quality, real opal inset
Description of obverse and reverse Issued as Australian legal tender, the coin’s obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II within a star burst pattern, bordered by the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, and the monetary denomination. The coin’s reverse incorporates an inner panel design of a Masked Owl sitting in a tree hollow detailed in pure Australian opal.  The outer panel of the coin features native eucalypt leaves, blossoms and flowers, a waning gibbous moon, and the Southern Cross – a renowned star constellation which is only visible in the Southern Hemisphere. The inscription MASKED OWL, the 2014 year-date, The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, and the weight and fineness of the coin also appear in the design.
A brief annotation In addition to being the largest producer of opal in the world, Australia is home to some of the world’s most unique nocturnal animals. These two offerings combine to create the inspiration for The Perth Mint’s Australian Opal coin series.  The Masked Owl is a highly distinctive bird recognised by its brown feathers surrounding a white, heart-shaped mask, which can be found in the coastal regions of Australia and the isle of Tasmania.
Designer Aleysha Howarth – With an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design (Illustration), Aleysha specialises in editorial illustration and artistry which tells a story. Inspired by the natural world, and with a background in screen printing, and editorial and design illustration, Aleysha joined The Perth Mint as a designer in 2008.
Producer The Perth Mint, Australia

Сергей Сереженков
Опал в коллекцию , остальное на драг мет ..... Шучу , хотя самое оригинальное - это опал .. :D
Иван Конышев
Красота! Соединили австралийцы и изображение уникальных ночных животных и материал, который они производят:)
Григорий Малеев
Третья монета которую я вижу из этой коллекции. Долго присматриваюсь, вроде бы и нравится, а вроде бы чего-то не хватает в ней
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