Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Treasures of Australia Diamonds Gold and Silver Coins

Following on in the hugely successful Treasures of Australia series of stunning Gold and Silver collector coins is the 2009 releases containing the world's most sought-after gemstone, Diamonds.

Started in 2007, the Treasures of Australia coin series issued by The Perth Mint are an example in innovative minting and production techniques, with each Gold or Silver coin featuring an embedded transparent locket complete with a small selection of gemstones.

The first coin released in this series featured beautiful blue sapphires, while the 2008 edition featured the stunningly unique Australian opals. Both of those previous issues sold out within months of being released. Now comes the much-anticipated Diamonds issue and even at the time of posting this article, with the coin having only been released on ECI less than one month ago, the Treasures of Australia Diamonds Silver coin has already sold out and the Gold looks sure to follow. Is it any wonder really, with 1 carat of genuine rough diamonds, the world's favorite gemstone, captured within 1 ounce of silver or gold, that these coins have turned out to be so popular.

Each coin in the series is official legal tender in Australia and features a minimal, stylised design of the stark Australian outback where these precious stones were mined. So exquisite and bright and alluring are the stones, it's hard to believe they would be found amongst one of the harshest environments in the world. The silver coin is struck from 1 ounce (31.10g) of 99.9% fine silver on a 40.60mm flan and carries the denomination of 1 dollar, with a total mintage of only 7,500. The gold coin is struck from 1 ounce of 99.99% pure gold on a 36.10mm flan and carries the face value of 100 Dollars, with a tiny mintage of only 1000 coins being produced worldwide.

Each Gold or Silver coin is presented in an official Perth Mint case specially designed for the series, featuring a genuine jarrah timber lid. The case is housed within a bright, full-colour outer box and comes complete with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

While it may be too late to acquire the Silver proof edition of this incredibly alluring release, there is still time to get your piece of this much sought-after series by acquiring the 1oz Gold proof at a very competitive price that will surely not last long.

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