Great Star of Africa 2oz Silver
First issue of a new unique series “Most Famous Diamonds” with a new technology dedicated to the great diamonds of the world. The Great Star of Africa is the biggest and most famous one. A replica has been inserted into a 2oz pure .999 silver coin. The coin is housed in an elegant box with certificate. Limited mintage of 999 pcs worldwide.
This huge diamond was cut from the largest gem-quality stone ever found, an incredible lump at 3106.75 carats (621.35 g, 1.37 lb) and 10.5 cm (4.1″) in length. Amazingly, it’s considered possible this was a piece of an even larger diamond, but the other half has not been discovered. At 530.4 carats, it remains the largest polished white diamond in the world and was only overtaken in 1985 by the Golden Jubilee Diamond, ironically found at the same Premier Mine in South Africa as the Great Star. Also called the Cullinan I as there were actually nine large gems and countless small ones cut from the original raw diamond, it’s currently mounted in the head of the Sceptre with the Cross, and along with he Cullinan II, the fourth largest polished diamond in the world, is integrated into the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
- Metal: 999 Fine Silver
- Finish: Proof
- Year of Issue: 2015
- Mintage: 500
- Diameter: 50mm
- Weight: 62.2g (2oz)
- Highlights: replica of the Cullinan Diamond is embedded
The coins reverse itself is a complex design depicting, Sir Fred Wells on the left who discovered the diamond on a walk around the mine. On the right in a cameo is the monarch who was presented with the Cullinan, Edward VII. The background is filled with pins of light representing the way a diamond sparkles, along with a map of Africa with South Africa raised slightly as the country of origin. At the top is an inscription giving the series name and the coin subject. At the bottom is the diamonds weight. In the centre sits a large crystal replica of the Great Star of Africa.
The obverse carries the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
Presented in a high quality, sturdy coloured cardboard box complete with Certificate of Authenticty.