The Perth mint in Western Australia has also commemorated opals with a series of opal coins. The Mint was founded in 1899 in the gold rush years of Western Australia and is one of worlds leading coin bullion suppliers.
Originally it was set up to supply gold sovereign coins for the British empire and today has a reputation equal to the USA and Canadian silver coinage.
The first Opal Coin in the “Treasures of Australia” series featured Opals in 2008. Australia supplies 95% of the worlds opals from Black Opal to White Opal to Boulder Opals. Recently in 2012 pink opal was found in the deserts of Western Australia and now a form of fire opal has also been found. It started to be mined in 2013 north of Kalgoorlie which has a rich gold mining history.
This design incorporated a plastic locket that held one ounce of white opals from Australia in one ounce silver or a one ounce gold coin.
The next series was the Australian Opal series starting in 2012 with two releases each year of Australia’s famous animals. These silver coins are 99% pure silver and when you open the box a light goes on to expose the brilliant opal colours.
The opals are chips set in a black background so it enhances the opal and displays magical opal colours of the rainbow. Set in a display case in a colorful box these coins make perfect gifts. These are natural opal chips form south Australian opal fields and when glued together and back painted black the opals will show beautiful colours.
The Opal series included:
Rough scaled Python
The Perth mint now has a 1,000 tonne German made Press that can now run 7 days week and 24 hours day to keep up with orders for silver and gold coins
But demand is so strong that many wholesale orders are not delivered on time so larger size runs of silver coins are placed on back orders so more one ounce coins can be made for the public.
Opalplus has been purchaser of silver and gold coins from the mint for over 25 years and has been Perth Mint Distributor since 2000 and sells these beautiful opal coins on sister website
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