2014 Australian Opal Tasmanian Devil Silver Coin 5th in Series

February 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A unique multi-year series from the Perth Mint of Australia realizes its newest release with the 2014 Australian Opal Tasmanian Devil Silver Proof Coin.

2014 Australian Opal Tasmanian Devil Silver Coin - Reverse

2014 Australian Opal Tasmanian Devil Silver Coin – Reverse

The Tasmanian Devil Silver Coin is the fifth issue from the Perth’s Australian Opal series which features an inner panel of pure Australian opal set in a one ounce silver proof coin. Mintage is limited to 8,000.

"A wonderfully crafted Tasmanian Devil coin is the fifth release in the Australian Opal series, showcasing nocturnal Australian animals created in pure opal," explains the Perth Mint in a press release. "The Tasmanian Devil is a highly distinctive marsupial found only on the island of Tasmania, Australia, and is now listed as endangered."

Previous Australian Opal program issues include:

This program has a further distinction in that the display cases shipped with each coin include a light. The light turns on as the case is opened, and is meant to represent the moon shining down on the creature depicted in opal.

Proof Silver Coin Designs and Specifications

Perth Mint artist Aleysha Howarth designed the reverse of the Tasmanian Devil Silver Coin. It shows an image of the creature in Australian opal with a surrounding outer panel that includes soft tree ferns and wattle leaves along with a full moon and the Southern Cross star group.

‘TASMANIAN DEVIL’ is inscribed below the design. ’2014 1 oz 999 SILVER’ appears to the right with the Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark also included.

Shown on the obverse is the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Obverse inscriptions include ‘ELIZABETH II,’ ‘AUSTRALIA’ and the legal tender face value of ’1 DOLLAR.’

2014 Australian Opal Tasmanian Devil Silver Coin - Obverse

2014 Australian Opal Tasmanian Devil Silver Coin – Obverse

Each coin is struck from one ounce of .999 fine silver with a diameter of 36.60 mm, a thickness of 4.5 mm, and a gross weight of 31.135 grams.

Orders may be placed directly from The Perth Mint website at http://www.perthmint.com.au. An affiliate link to new Perth Mint silver coins follows:

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A numbered certificate of authenticity and an illustrated shipper are also sent with each purchase.

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