Perth Mint partners with Staging Connections to unveil rare $1.8M coin trilogy

Staging Connections was proud to work with The Perth Mint for the unveiling of its latest coin collection held in the Mint’s 1899 Melting House last month.  Officiated by the Premier of Western Australia, the Honourable Mark McGowan MLA, the $1.8 million one-of-a-kind Australian Trilogy coin collection is the Mint’s most significant numismatic release for 2017.  

The Premier unveiled the collection to an audience of government representatives, media, and special guests of The Perth Mint and Rio Tinto Argyle Diamonds. Demonstrating superb craftsmanship and celebrating a selection of the nation’s natural treasures, the rare collection captured the attention of diamond connoisseurs, investors and collectors throughout the world, and was sold in early July via Glajz-THG Pte Ltd to an anonymous Asian collector.

In a convergence of colour and light, the breathtaking collection showcased three of Australia’s most beloved fauna on three precious metal one kilo coins. Each coin is hand set with a natural fancy coloured diamond from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine. 

Providing the audio and staging equipment for the event, Staging Connections’ General Manager SA, NT and WA, Brien Keys, said he was proud of the work his local team had delivered. “We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with The Perth Mint and to support them for this prestigious unveiling. The Western Australian team at Staging Connections is proud of the many partnerships we have forged in WA, but the work we do with The Perth Mint is always unique and so very special,” Mr Keys said.

Pictured: WA Premier, Mark McGowan, holding two of the 3 coins released in the rare Australian Trilogy collection worth $1.8M.

The Australian Kookaburra coin, crafted from 99.99% pure gold, depicts two kookaburras perched on a wooden fence gazing toward a 0.47 carat round brilliant cut Fancy Deep Purple-Pink diamond. 

Crafted from 99.95% pure platinum, the Australian Kangaroo coin portrays this iconic animal bounding across an outback plain over a 0.46 carat emerald cut Fancy Dark Gray-Violet diamond. 

To complete the trilogy, the 91.67% rose gold Australian Koala coin illustrates this native marsupial beneath a eucalyptus tree in a rural landscape beside a 0.58 carat emerald cut Fancy Intense Pink diamond. 

The artistry on each coin is bordered by a title inscription, the 2017 year-date, the weight, fineness and metal, and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark. 

Confirming its status as official legal tender of Australia, each release also displays the renowned Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse. 

The Perth Mint’s association with Argyle Pink Diamonds began in 2008 when it became a Select AtelierTM for the Western Australian based diamond consortium. In 2012 this retail relationship developed into a collaborative partnership with the creation of an annual range of luxurious collectibles. 

Since then, these diamond edition ingots and coins have received worldwide acclaim. While many issues sold out within weeks of their release, the iconic 2016 Kimberley Treasure coin valued at $1 million sold to an international buyer within just 48 hours. 

“The Australian Trilogy has elevated our creations to a new level with three diamond studded gold and platinum coins in one dazzling presentation,” said Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hayes. 

The unveiling was a great experience for the local Staging Connections team with everything going according to plan.  We look forward to forging a stronger relationship with The Perth Mint and the local government for future official events.

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