The third installment of the Perth Mint’s “Treasures of the World” series celebrates turquoise and will be available for purchase on August 3.
The Treasures of the World–North America 2015 1 oz Locket Coin with Turquoise will come in gold and silver that is 99.99 percent pure, with a locket at its center containing turquoise. It’s reverse design features a landscape of the American Southwest flanked by towering buttes and punctuated by sparse saguaro and agave cactus. TREASURES OF THE WORLD and TURQUOISE are inscribed along the curved edge of the coin, and the P mintmark is visible at the center-left of the image. The obverse bears Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, along with the 2015 year of issue and the coin’s 100 dollar (AUD) denomination.
A Perth Mint press release notes that turquoise has long been valued by civilizations around the world; the Egyptians, Persians, and Aztecs in particular prized the gemstone for the fashioning of jewelry and other decorative and ceremonial objects. The Treasures of the World Locket Coin with Turquoise references the Southwestern United States in a nod to the thousands of years Native Americans have mined and employed the material.
While the one ounce gold locket coin’s 750-piece mintage makes it an especially limited release, its silver counterpart will boast an inventory of 7,500. The gold coin will cost $2,765.00 AUD, with an added tax of $251.36, and the silver issue will retail for $118.50, plus a tax of $10.77. Both coins are shipped with a timber case lid and a certificate of authenticity.
The turquoise locket coin marks the third installment in the Perth Mint’s annual “Treasures of the World” series. The first coin, issued in 2013, featured garnet in a European context; 2014’s release showcased the gold of Australia. For more information, visit the Perth Mint’s Web site.