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Australia 2013-P Treasures of the World #1 - Europe - Garnets Red European $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof Locket Coin

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FIRST in a NEW SERIES! Treasures of the World - deep red garnets of Europe and pure silver, united in one superb, unique silver dollar!

Sold out at the Mint! Talisman Coins and the Perth Mint (Australia's precious metals experts) are proud to offer you the first of a new series! The Perth Mint has united two of the world's most coveted sources of real wealth - pure silver and gemstones - in this unique proof silver dollar, with a total mintage limit of only 7,500! This follow-up to the most popular Perth Mint collector coin series ever (the Treasures of Australia) takes things to a whole new level! Now we're delving deep into the riches of the entire world, one continent at a time! The first entry in what will no doubt prove to be an overwhelmingly sought-after series is the Garnet. These blood red gemstones have been coveted since ancient times, with their desirability increasing from Roman times through the Victorian era to the present day. The obverse artistically depicts the source of the garnet, a quintessentially European Alpine scene. Set within this vignette is a transparent capsule or locket, appropriately locating the loose garnets underground!

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A hoard of loose, rough blood red or ruby red garnet gemstones!Availability Note - This very first silver dollarin the new Treasures of the World Program has a mintage limit of only 7,500. All silver dollars in the preceding Treasures of Australia Program sold out instantly, so a quick sell out here is likewise expected.

The Garnet
Garnet is a gemstone that has been known to humankind for thousands of years. It has been found in Bronze Age jewelry, attesting to its early recognition and use. According to legend, Noah used a garnet lantern to help him steer his ark through the dark of night. Many early travelers liked to carry a garnet with them, as it was thought to be a talisman and protective stone.

Classic garnet is red in color and the stones are believed to symbolize passion, fidelity, loyalty, faith and truth. The garnet is also an ancient symbol of true friendship.

Red garnet is the birthstone for the month of January, and pure crystals of garnet are still valued as gemstones. The gemstone varieties occur in shades of green, red, yellow, and orange. It is the state mineral of Connecticut, New York's official gemstone, and star garnet (garnet with rutile asterisms) is the state gemstone of Idaho.

A most impressive blood red or ruby red garnet gemstone ring from the Victorian era!Red garnets were the most commonly used gemstones in the Roman world, and the Migration Period art of the "barbarian" peoples who took over the territory of the Western Roman Empire. They were especially used inlaid in gold cells in the cloisonné technique, a style often just called garnet cloisonné, found from Anglo-Saxon England (as at Sutton Hoo and Staffordshire) to the Black Sea.

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Garnet types are found in many colors besides red, including orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless. The rarest of these is the blue garnet, discovered in the late 1990s. Varieties of color-changing garnets exist. In daylight, their color ranges from shades of green, beige, brown, gray, and blue, but in incandescent light, they appear a reddish or purplish/pink color. Because of their color-changing quality, this kind of garnet is often mistaken for Alexandrite.

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. Due to the gem’s sparkle and refractive qualities, this lovely stone remains at least as popular today.

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The 2013 Treasures of the World #1 - Red GarnetsObverse
An artistically engraved vignette depicts the the source of the beautiful, blood red garnets contained within this coin - an European Alpine scene, with chalet and milk vetch plant leaves. The legend reads appropriately TREASURES OF THE WORLD - GARNET.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right, above the clear capsule full of garnets. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl 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.

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SpecificationsA hoard of loose, polished blood red or ruby red garnet gemstones!
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2013
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)     4.50 mm
Mintage Limit 7,500
   
Finish Proof
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Natasha Muhl (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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