Rio Tinto and The Perth Mint have unveiled the first pavé-set Argyle pink diamond gold coin at the World Money Fair in Berlin. Known as The Jewelled Phoenix, the coin is adorned with a sculptured 18-carat pink gold Chinese phoenix and hand-set with a total of 1.22 carats of pink diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia.
Perth Mint chief executive officer Richard Hayes said, “Inspired by ancient Chinese legend, the fine detail and artistry of The Jewelled Phoenix has taken our craftsmanship to the next level.”
Revered as the immortal king of birds and embodying the values of virtue, compassion and trust, the phoenix is a symbol of happiness and prosperity. Only eight Jewelled Phoenix coins, a number considered extremely lucky in Chinese culture, will ever be released.
Rio Tinto Diamonds global marketing director Josephine Johnson said “Our Select Atelier, The Perth Mint, and our Authorised Partner, John Glajz, have created a unique and precious coin that is sure to command the attention of collectors the world over.”
The World Money Fair will run from February 2 to 4.