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Perth Mint embraces challenge of crafting its most prestigious coin set yet

Perth Mint embraces challenge of crafting its most prestigious coin set yet

An essential aim for any proud organisation is to test its skills with the aim of surpassing all previous efforts. The Perth Mint has continuously challenged itself in order to extend its capabilities beyond the conventional. From a pioneering role in ‘colourisation’ and ‘gilding’ techniques, to casting our world record breaking One Tonne Gold Coin, we’ve never shied away from pushing the boundaries.

Recently, we created an innovative and prestigious range of iconic Australian coins combining pure precious metals with exceptionally rare pink diamonds from Western Australia’s Argyle Diamond Mine. Now, we’ve taken this stunning blend of natural treasures to a new level with the unveiling of The Australian Trilogy, possibly the most magnificent Australian Three-Coin Set ever created.

A never-to-be-repeated release with an official limited mintage of just one, the Trilogy combines three 2017 coins from our iconic Australian animal series. At one kilo apiece, the impressive releases are all large enough to fill the palm of your hand.

In the pursuit of perfection, up to 30 examples of each coin were struck before a process of scrupulous inspection and rejection resulted in three supreme choices (and the melting pot for those discarded).

With immaculate clarity and crispness, their appearance is instantly arresting. There’s a surprise, too – unprecedented combinations of metal and design mean the Australian Kookaburra is made from 9999 gold; the Australian Kangaroo from 9995 platinum; and the Australian Koala from a delightful shade of 22 carat rose gold.

Each masterpiece attains the truly spectacular with the inclusion of a carefully selected fancy coloured diamond within the design. Breathtakingly beautiful, these marvels of nature are so incredibly uncommon that less than a fistful see the light of day each year. The most valuable and sought after diamonds in the world, they’re exquisitely honed by the world’s most acclaimed cutters and polishers.

Respectively, Trilogy coins feature a round brilliant cut 0.47 carat Fancy Deep Purple-Pink; an emerald cut 0.46 carat Fancy Dark Gray-Violet; and an emerald cut 0.58 carat Fancy Intense Pink.

Even with the Mint’s extensive expertise, setting the stones was cause for significant nervousness. With much time and effort dedicated to producing coins with the highest quality finishes, it was alarming to think that one slip of a beading tool the whole project would be compromised.

The finest diamond setter, specially flown to Perth from Singapore, was entrusted to handset the fabulous gems. A collective intake of breath followed by an anxious wait was richly rewarded, however, when our expert craftsman completed the demanding procedure with immaculate precision.

The vision for The Australian Trilogy was the ultimate set of pink diamond adorned coins yet created. A shining example of what is achievable when creative, artistic and artisanal skills are united in the pursuit of perfection, we believe that as an unquestionable highlight of Australian precious collectables it has raised the bar once more.

With a recommended retail price of AUD 1.8 million, The Australian Trilogy can be viewed at The Perth Mint throughout June. Buyers are invited to contact Shop staff or call (+61 8) 9421 7376 for further information.

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Sumptuous, timeless collectable melds gold and rare pink diamond

Sumptuous, timeless collectable melds gold and rare pink diamond

They’re so rare that only a few are produced annually. In fact an entire year’s production will fit into the palm of your hand!

So it’s little wonder that through history pink diamonds have been some of the world’s most sought-after gems. From the Agra diamond worn by 16th and 17th century Mughal emperors, to modern-day legends like the Graff Pink, their extreme rarity and regal beauty have made them the most valuable diamonds on the market.

Why they exude pink hues has long been shrouded in mystery. Today, it is believed that tiny foreign particles may have been trapped alongside carbon atoms during the crystallisation process in which diamonds are formed. Somehow this combination affects their photochromic behaviour, causing these special diamonds to radiate a spectrum of pink colours from cherry blossom to dramatic red.

The enigmatic story of their creation undoubtedly adds further aura to the allure of these enthralling natural wonders. But no less remarkable is the account of their commercial discovery in Western Australia’s Kimberley wilderness. Uncovered by ants, pink diamonds were first spotted glinting at the entrance to a colony’s nest in mid-1980s. The initial find provided just a hint of the treasure waiting to be unearthed from what was to become the world-renowned Argyle Diamond Mine.

Responsible for more than 90 per cent of the world’s pink diamond supply in recent decades, production in the rugged Australian outback is currently tailing off as the deposit “pipe” gets narrower and deeper. As the already miniscule supply shrinks further, one thing is certain – the number of opportunities to acquire and treasure these precious stones is becoming beyond rare!

Australian Kangaroo 2017 2oz Gold Proof Pink Diamond Edition

Extracted from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine, a 0.037carat round brilliant pink diamond appears below the animal’s paw on the reverse of this exclusive Australian Kangaroo coin. Exquisitely struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality, the remarkable release marries Australia’s most alluring precious metal, one of its best known coin designs, and a stunning example of its most desirable diamonds.

Just 300 coins have been meticulously struck and skilfully handset with a pink diamond to offer discerning buyers a timeless and sumptuous collectable.

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