The Perth Mint in Australia has just unveiled a very special coin, a one-kilogram gold coin with an embedded red diamond. The gold coin is 99.99 percent pure gold, and features a kangaroo. The kangaroo is holding a 0.54 carat red diamond. The diamond is from the Kimberly region of Western Australia, and in particular, it is from Rio Tinto’s argyle pink diamond mine. This is a stunning coin that is probably out of reach of most collectors, yet seeing the image is itself quite impressive.
Coin with Diamonds from the Perth Mint
It is quite impressive to see a coin in gold or platinum with one or more diamonds inset in it. And if the diamond used is a rare color it is even more spectacular.
Perth Mint Quality
The Perth Mint is responsible for minting Australia’s bullion coins and many of its commemorative coins. It does not mint Australia’s circulating coins, since that is the responsibility of the Royal Australian Mint.
Australia was fortunate in that branch mints of the Royal Mint were established in Australia, and these were available to continue production of coins after Australia became a country. Both mints have relocated to new facilities in recent years, but the quality that was inherited from the Royal Mint remains.
Other Diamond Encrusted Coins and Bars from Perth
The Perth Mint has been produced pink argyle diamond encrusted bars.
The 2015 gold bar features the Gouldian Finch, a bird from the Kimberly region, and seven pink argyle diamonds. A similar ingot that also contains seven pink argyle diamonds was also minted in platinum. These coins contain one Troy ounce of precious metal each, and are astonishing to behold. They are struck in proof, and each coin has incredibly low mintage.
In 2014 the Perth Mint produced stunning ingots with an ant emerging from its nest holding a pink argyle diamond. The diamond is one of seven pink argyle diamonds inset in the ingot. The ingot was minted in both gold and platinum. Both versions were minted using one Troy ounce proof ingots. As with the 2015 ingots, there were very few minted on each precious metal.
There is also an undated gold ingot featuring the Boab tree. This ingot also featured seven pink argyle diamonds.
The requirement for the pink argyle studded ingots is that they feature an image from the Kimberly region of western Australia.
Another outstanding coin is the two Troy ounce gold coin titled Kimberly Sunrise. This coin features a white diamond as the sun in this 2016 issue. It is a mirror image of the 2015 Kimberly Sunset coin. The image is that of the sun low in the sky and a lone tree dominating the center of the coin’s reverse field.
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