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’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.
Only 8,000 of these coins were minted, and the Perth Mint quickly sold out.
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. The Opal series will feature eight coins in total, with the next coin in the series, the wombat, released later in 2012.