The Perth Mint has released Jewelled Tiger coins featuring rare pink diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine in Western Australia.
Its most significant release for 2020 incorporates nearly three carats of fancy vivid intense pink diamonds from the Argyle mine, making up a finely structured three-dimensional 18 carat rose gold tiger pavé.
Two emeralds from Colombia’s Muzo mines feature as the tiger’s eyes and the coin is crafted from 10 ounces of 99.99 per cent pure gold.
The Perth Mint only issued eight Jewelled Tiger coins, which are priced at $259,000 each, recognising the significance of the number eight in Asian cultures and its association with luck and prosperity.
Renowned for its power and beauty, the tiger shares the symbolic virtues of gold and so it was a natural choice to feature the revered creature on a sophisticated release, according to Perth Mint chief executive Richard Hayes.
“Our 2018 Jewelled Phoenix and 2019 Jewelled Dragon coins sold out within weeks of their respective release dates. We expect the Jewelled Tiger will be similarly sought-after among the world’s diamond connoisseurs and collectors of luxury items,” he said.
Each Jewelled Tiger coin is presented in a display case with 18 carat gold furnishings inset with two additional Argyle pink diamonds.