|Country: Australia||Metal Purity: 999||Box: Yes|
|Year of Issue: 2012||Weight: 31.135 g||CoA: Yes|
|Face Value: 1 dollar||Dimensions: 36,6||Coin Accent: Stone insert|
|ID: AU0027||Quality: Proof|
|Mintage quantity: 8000 pcs|
Australia has been a Terra Incognita for a very long period of time. Now that people know how many natural wonders were hidden from their eye, they try to eliminate the knowledge gap and popularize the wild nature of the green continent. In 2012 the country has even issued a coin that unites two natural wonders that can be found in Australia. The first of them is opal, while the other is wombat.
The Australian Opal series is the first ever set of coins to be issued with inserts of this impressive black stone. The obverse of the coin that saw the world only in 8,000 copies represents the Australian Royal Mint with Queen Elizabeth II, who is the official head of this and many neighboring states. The queen's effigy is accomplished with three inscriptions that stand for the name of the ruler, the emitting country and the denomination of the coin.
The reverse side has an absolutely amazing insert of black-as-night opal. The stone also has a carved image of wombat, which is one of the most recognizable animals native to this region of the world. The opal insert is also surrounded by minted bottlebrush leaves, an image of the full moon and the Southern Cross constellation that can be found on the Australian flag.