The majestic tiger has been immortalised in rare Argyle pink diamonds and 18-karat gold on the Perth Mint’s most significant release for 2020.
The Jewelled Tiger coin is crafted from 10oz of 99.99 per cent pure gold and adorned with a finely sculptured three-dimensional 18-karat rose gold tiger pavé set with nearly 3 carats of fancy vivid intense pink diamonds from Rio Tinto’s famed Argyle diamond mine.
In contrast to its warm hue, two green Colombian Muzo emeralds represent the eyes of the animal.
The design is headed by the inscription THE JEWELLED TIGER and includes the Chinese character for “tiger.” Native to many mountainous regions across Asia, the tiger is believed to be the king of the mountains and ruler of all beasts.
Renowned for its power and beauty, the tiger shares the symbolic virtues of gold, so it was a natural choice to feature this revered creature on such a sophisticated release, revealed Perth Mint CEO Richard Hayes.
“This limited-edition commemorative is truly exceptional in terms of its artistry, rarity and value,” noted Hayes.
The Jewelled Tiger is the third release from The Perth Mint’s range of diamond-studded coins showcasing Asia’s revered mythical and mortal creatures.
“Our 2018 Jewelled Phoenix and 2019 Jewelled Dragon coins sold out within weeks of their respective release dates. We expect the Jewelled Tiger will be similarly sought after among the world’s diamond connoisseurs and collectors of luxury items,” the official said.
Recognising the significance of the number eight in Asian cultures and its association with luck and prosperity, only eight Jewelled Tiger coins will be issued by The Perth Mint, each presented in a display case with 18-karat gold furnishings inset with two additional Argyle pink diamonds.