Treasures of the World is a beautiful new annual series of locket coins which showcase the world’s abundance of natural riches. This series follows on from the highly successful Treasures of Australia locket series.
Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, in proof quality, this stunning coin feature loose garnet encased in a transparent locket.
Garnet is a gemstone that has been known to man for thousands of years. According to legend, Noah is purported to have used a garnet lantern to help him steer his ark through the dark night.
Many early travellers liked to carry a garnet with them as it was thought to be a talisman and protective stone. Garnets are also found in examples of jewellery from early Egyptian, Greek and Roman times.
Classic garnet is red in colour and the stones are believed to symbolise passion, fidelity, loyalty, faith and truth. The garnet is also an ancient symbol of true friendship.
Significant deposits of garnet have been found in Europe, particularly in areas of Czechoslovakia, famous for the Bohemian variety. The garnet became extremely fashionable during the Victorian era but with the gem’s sparkle and refractive qualities, this lovely stone remains equally popular today.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 7,500 1oz silver proof coins containing loose garnet.
The coin incorporates a transparent circular locket containing loose garnets. The locket is surrounded with a reverse design representing a European Alpine landscape, featuring a chalet and Milk Vetch leaves. The reverse also incorporates The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and the inscription GARNET.
The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2013 year-date and monetary denomination.
This coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and is housed in a prestigious display case with a timber lid and illustrated shipper.
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