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Australia 2009 Treasures of Australia #3 - Diamonds $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof

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The Treasures of the Outback - silver and diamonds - united in one superb gemstone coin!

Sold out at the Mint! The Perth Mint of Australia has united two of the world's most coveted sources of real wealth - precious metals and gemstones - in this unique proof coin. The obverse depicts the source of these desirable riches - the stark, forbidding and sun-scorched landscape of Australia's outback. Set within this vignette is a transparent capsule containing a full 1 carat of Australian diamonds, representing the treasure buried beneath the rock and sand.

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A group of Australian diamonds similar to the ones ensconced in this 1 Ounce Pure Silver Proof from the Perth MintA Girl's Best Friend
There is nothing so storied or admired in gems as diamonds - so desirable and representative of permanence and wealth. Diamonds are nature's hardest known mineral, and are also renowned for their beauty when cut and polished by a skilled jeweler, due to their incredible dispersion of light. Of course, the desirability of this coin is also augmented by its marriage of precious, pure silver with these popular gemstones!

Diamonds are mined from kimberlite and volcanic pipes, which yield diamond crystals from deep inside the Earth. High pressures and incredible temperatures create these incredible jewels from carbon deposits.

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The Hope Diamond
The famous Hope Diamond set in its necklace as displayed at the SmithsonianOne of the most famous diamonds in the world is the Hope Diamond. While not by any stretch the largest diamond known, (although at over 45 carats it certainly is huge!) its storied history and unusual appearance make it as famous as as any diamond in the world! With an appearance of blue color due to a small amount of boron throughout, it has a unique appearance. Its other claim to fame is that it is supposedly cursed. Many believe the Hope diamond was stolen from a statue of a Hindu goddess, and there is evidence that the gem was once owned by George IV, and later stolen after his death by his mistress. Its curse has been blamed for the fall of historical figures, abdication of thrones, and even the beheadings of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette! It was first traced to the Hope family in 1839, where it was the subject of much inheritance bickering and manouevering. Eventually it ended up being sold several times, including to Cartier, before winding up in its current location at the Smithsonian.

A naturally occurring diamondDiamond Fun Facts
• The name "diamond" comes from an ancient Greek word meaning "unbreakable".
• Diamonds are graded on the four "C"'s - Carat, Clarity, Color, and Cut.
• Incredibly, a quarter of the world's diamonds come from a single mine in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia!
• Diamond is the traditional birthstone for those born in the month of April.
• Not all diamonds are formed on Earth - some are actually found in meteor impact craters! These extraterrestrial diamonds are very small, referred to as microdiamonds.

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Obverse
A stylized representation of the source of the beautiful diamonds contained within this coin - the harsh and unforgiving Australian outback, with the sun beating down mercilessly on the barren landscape. The legend reads appropriately TREASURES OF AUSTRALIA.

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Reverse
The 2009 Treasures of Australia - Diamonds Pure Silver Dollar from the Perth Mint of Australia in its box of issue, with one full carat of white Australian opals! Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right, above the clear capsule full of diamonds. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, luxury presentation case with a native Australian jarrah wood lid, protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2009
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)     4.00 mm
Mintage Limit 7,500
   
Finish Proof
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist "JG" (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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