This innovative coin’s reverse celebrates turquoise, a gemstone prized and admired by civilisations throughout history. Its special significance in Egyptian, Persian and Aztec cultures saw it fashioned into a remarkable array of striking jewellery, decorative mosaics and beautiful ceremonial objects.
Classic turquoise is sky-blue in colour and is generally opaque with a waxy lustre. Turquoise also occurs in hues ranging from blue-green to green, and with black veins that lend unique character to individual pieces.
Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
Each coin is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.
Unique Reverse Design
The coin incorporates a transparent circular locket containing a disc of turquoise. The locket is surrounded with a reverse design representing a Southwestern desert landscape, including a cactus, tumbleweed and vertical rock face. The reverse also incorporates The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and the inscriptions TREASURES OF THE WORLD and TURQUOISE.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin's obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, and the 2015 year-date.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 7,500 of the Treasures of the World – North America 2015 1oz Silver Proof Locket Coin with Turquoise.
Presentation Packaging and Numbered Certificate
Each coin is packaged in a prestigious display case with a timber lid, and beautifully illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Treasures of the World is a beautiful collector series of locket coins celebrating an abundance of natural riches found across the globe. The third release in this popular series features North America and its stunning turquoise.
Significant deposits of turquoise have been found in the American Southwest States of Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Colorado and Utah. Mined for millennia, the gemstone was shaped and polished as adornments by the region’s Native American inhabitants. Today, it remains a significant element in their contemporary jewellery.
Previous Releases: Europe (Garnet), Australia (Gold).