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GREAT STAR OF AFRICA Cullinan Most Famous Diamonds 2 Oz Silver Coin 10$ Cook Islands 2015


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.

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Great Star of Africa
On January 26, 1905, mine superintendent Frederick Wells made an unusual find in Gauteng, South Africa. Only 9 meters from the surface was a large, blue-white diamond, which he extracted using a pocket knife and took to the mine office to be weighed and inspected. The stone tipped the scales at 3,106 carats (621.35 grams), making it the largest diamond ever found. It was named the Cullinan after Sir Thomas Cullinan, the owner of the diamond mine in which it was found. The diamond was then dispatched to England where it would be entrusted to Premier's London agent, Sigismund Neumann.

The largest polished gem from the stone is named Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa, and at 530.4 carats (106.08 g) is the largest polished white diamond in the world. It was the largest polished diamond of any colour until the 1985 discovery of the Golden Jubilee Diamond, 545.67 carats (109.134 g), also from the Premier Mine. Cullinan I is now mounted in the head of the Sceptre with the Cross. The second-largest gem from the Cullinan stone, Cullinan II or the Second Star of Africa, at 317.4 carats (63.48 g), is the fourth-largest polished diamond in the world. Both gems are in the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2015
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)50
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin's reverse depicts an image of Mr. Cullinan with the biggest diamond found in the world, the Great Star of Africa. A replica of the Great Star diamonds has been inserted in the center of the coin with the inscription of the karat weight 530.20. On top of coin the inscription of the series “Most Famous Diamonds” and the inscription “Great Star of Africa - 1905”. The issue date 2015 is present in this side. The coin's obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the issue country and the face value.