The Australian Abalone Shell coin is a stunning collectable highlighting the extraordinary beauty of the abalone’s smooth inner shell.
The abalone is a single-shelled mollusc or marine snail. Its vibrant inner layer is composed of mother-of-pearl which displays an iridescent mix of colours, ranging from deep cobalt blue and peacock green, to purples, creams and pinks.
Highly sought-after as decorative pieces, abalone inner shells are often used for jewellery, buttons, and inlays in furniture and musical instruments.
More facts about amazing abalone:
- The flesh of the abalone is considered to be a culinary delicacy in many countries.
- Abalone can produce pearls, considered by many to be the most beautiful and rarest in the world.
- Abalones are sometimes known as ear shells, on account of their eared-shaped external appearance.
- Nearly a quarter of the world’s supply of abalones comes from Tasmania.
- Strict fishing laws, such as Australian license and quota regulations, exist to protect the potentially endangered species.
The spectacular 2014 Australian Abalone Shell coin is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver. The centrepiece of its reverse design is a polished fragment of authentic abalone shell.
Issued as legal tender of Australia, just 5,000 of these coins will be released.