Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
This 2011-dated coin is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.
Striking Reverse Design
The coin’s reverse portrays an abstract interpretation of Australia’s marine environment, one of the world's richest sources of South Sea pearls.
Mother of Pearl Locket Containing a Natural Australian Keshi Pearl
The design incorporates a transparent half-circle locket containing a natural Australian keshi pearl framed in mother of pearl.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse.
The coin is housed in a presentation case with a jarrah timber lid. The case comes in a beautifully illustrated box shipper.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 7,500 of these silver proof locket coins.
Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
Each coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Between 2007 and 2011, Treasures of Australia has celebrated five glittering prizes found in Australia: Sapphires, Opals, Diamonds, Gold, and Pearls. The final release in this series features the pearl.
Oysters create natural pearls by depositing layers of nacre over a grain of sand or other intruder that settles inside the shell. Cultured pearls develop around a bead implanted by human hand.
Since ancient times, the pearl has been a symbol of purity and femininity. It is the oldest known gem, and for centuries, it was considered the most valuable. The pearl is the birthstone for those born in June.