The Royal Canadian Mint is adding to its luxurious and exclusive Opulence Collection with new pure platinum coins featuring some of the world’s rarest precious stones: pink diamonds from the famed Argyle mine. The 10 oz. Pure Platinum Pink Diamond Coin – Beauteous, along with its smaller counterpart, was unveiled this week at the Heffel Fine Art Auction House in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The coin was designed by artist Simon Ng and selectively plated with rose gold, features a sunburst arrangement of engraved cherry blossoms on its reverse. They are framed by a larger five-petalled flower formed by an array of pink diamonds from the Argyle mine, with a total carat weight of approximately 2.00. The cherry blossom theme continues on the obverse, which features a floral pattern, selectively rose gold plating and the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. This obverse also bears a special device of four pearls symbolizing the four effigies that have graced Canadian coins, as well as the double date of her reign.
Only 10 of these precious coins exist.
Is this worth the hefty price tag?