THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINT REDEFINES THE RARE WITH THE OPULENCE COLLECTION FEATURING EXQUISITE PINK DIAMONDS FROM THE ARGYLE MINE

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“The reputation of the Royal Canadian Mint for crafting coins of exceptional sophistication and craftsmanship is known to collectors around the world”, Mary Lemay, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “Celebrating the talent and imagination of our people through precious metals and fine art is our passion, as well as our trademark. We are proud that our new Opulence Collection takes our tradition of excellence to a whole new level.”

To showcase this exclusive new collection, the Mint has partnered with fine art auction house Heffel to sell The ultimatemost prestigious centerpiece of the collection. It will be offered at a live auction on May 31, 2022.

“Heffel House is honored to offer collectors the opportunity to acquire this rare and one-of-a-kind treasure, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mint and the Argyle Mine,” said David Heffel, President, Heffel Fine Art Auction House. “The Ultimate is truly a work of art, and its intricate design and mesmerizing beauty will undoubtedly capture the attention of avid collectors and enthusiasts around the world.”

Collectors interested in bidding on The ultimate can register for the auction with Maison Heffel.

About the Opulence Collection

the Opulence collection, featuring pink diamond pieces in its inaugural year, is the result of an exciting collaboration with the Royal Canadian Mint and Crossworks Manufacturing, a Canadian company and authorized partner of Argyle Pink Diamonds. With Rio Tinto’s Argyle Mine closing in 2020, the pink diamonds adorning the pure gold and platinum pieces are among the rarest in the world, making the pieces truly unique.

“This limited edition collaboration is truly exceptional in terms of artistry, rarity and value, and we are very proud to be part of this story,” said Patrick CoppensManaging Director, Sales and Marketing, Rio Tinto Diamonds.

“There is a proud story to be told here – a handcrafted story of Canadian craftsmanship producing creations of extreme rarity that will be sought after around the world,” said Itay ArielExecutive Director, Sales and Operations, Crossworks Manufacturing Ltd.

Released in very small print runs, Pink Diamond coins consist of:

The ultimate: A kilo $2,500 99.95% Pure Platinum Coin – Worldwide Mintage of One Coin
Splendor: 10oz. $1,250 99.95% Pure Platinum Coin – Worldwide Mintage of Five
size: 2oz. $350 99.95% pure platinum coin – Worldwide mintage of 30
Treasure: 1 oz. $200 Pure Gold Coin – Worldwide Mintage of 400

The exclusive numismatic works of art of the Opulence Collectioncan be ordered directly from the Mint at 1-800-267–1871 by Canada, 1-800-268–6468 in the United States, or at www.mint.ca. Kunming Diamonds is the world’s leading distributor of Opulence collection some products.

For an in-depth look at Opulence Collection, visit www.mint.ca/opulence. Images and videos of these spectacular pink diamond pieces are available here.

About the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of from Canada circulation coins. The Mint is one of the world’s largest and most versatile mints, offering a wide range of high quality, specialist coinage products and related services internationally. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca. Follow the Mint on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

About Heffel Fine Art Auction House

Since 1978, the House of Heffel has connected passionate collectors around the world with exceptional works of art, with sales totaling three quarters of a billion dollars. With offices at Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and CalgaryHeffel has the most experienced team of fine art specialists in Canada and provides superior customer service to sellers and buyers internationally.

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a mining and metals company operating in 35 countries around the world. Our goal is to produce the materials essential to human progress. Our four product groups achieve this goal: Aluminum, Copper, Minerals and Iron Ore. They are complemented by our Security, Technical and Projects, Strategy & Development and Commercial groups, as well as our service and support functions.

THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINT OPULENCE COLLECTION

$200 PURE GOLD COIN – TREASURE

Each Treasure coin is made in 1 oz. 99.99% pure gold. Inspired by architectural elements, its reverse design by Canadian artist Simon Ng features a ring of Art Deco motifs that surround a central cherry blossom, the petals of which are decorated with scrollwork. The engraved art features five Fancy Vivid Pink diamonds with a total carat weight of 0.06 (tcw). Each has been set by hand in a rose gold plated platinum jewel crafted by Beverly Hills Jewellers. The obverse features a field motif inspired by cherry blossom petals on the reverse, and the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Suzanne Blunt. Limited to a mintage of 400 pieces worldwide, Treasure retail for $12,999.95.

$350 99.95% PURE PLATINUM COIN – SIZE

size is made from 2 oz. 99.95% pure platinum, a precious metal even rarer than gold. Conceived by Simon Ng, the reverse features an exquisite cherry blossom surrounded by a ring of lush flowers and filigree vines. The engraved artwork on this 42mm piece is accented with 30 Fancy Vivid Pink diamonds (0.34 tcw) that have been hand set in rose gold plated platinum jewels fashioned by Beverly Hills Jewellers. Rare diamonds radiate from the center of the flower to the rose gold plated edge. The obverse features a cherry blossom field design and the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Suzanne Blunt. Limited to a mintage of just 30 pieces worldwide, size retail for $54,999.95.

$1,250 99.95% PURE PLATINUM COIN – SPLENDOR

This creation imagined by Simon Ng is the Mint’s very first 10 oz. 99.95% pure platinum piece. Its reverse features an intricately engraved cherry blossom surrounded by delicate lace of vines and framed by intricate latticework. Set in jewels fashioned by Beverly Hills Jewelers, 64 Fancy Vivid Pink diamonds (1.2 tcw) add sparkle to the lattice that decorates this 76.25mm piece. The obverse features a vine field motif and the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Suzanne Blunt. With only five of these luxury collectibles available worldwide, Splendor retail for $253,999.95.

$2,500 99.95% PURE PLATINUM COIN – THE ULTIMATE

This one-of-a-kind masterpiece is the flagship piece of the Opulence collection. It is also the Mint’s first ever 99.95% pure platinum one kilo coin. Polished to the test of perfection, The ultimate features a reverse design by a Canadian artist Derek wicks which brings the beauty of cherry blossom to life on a 4 inch canvas. A total of 462 Fancy Vivid Pink diamonds (6.5 tcw) from the Argyle mine were hand-set in rose gold-plated platinum jewels fashioned by Beverly Hills Jewellers.

These precious enhancements on the reverse of the coin add sparkle to the rose gold-plated rim and petals of more than two dozen flowers, including the central flower, where the gem-set flowers form an exquisite grouped bouquet. The obverse features a cherry blossom field design and the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Suzanne Blunt.

This singular centerpiece will be exclusively available through an auction from Heffel Fine Art Auction House on May 31, 2022.

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The exclusive numismatic works of art of the Opulence can be ordered directly from the Mint at 1 800 267‑1871 at Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the United States, or at www.mint.ca. Kunming Diamonds is the world’s leading distributor of Opulence Collection products.

Media are asked to contact: Royal Canadian Mint, Alex ReevesSenior Manager, Public Affairs, 613-884-6370, [email protected]; Heffel Fine Art Auction House, Rebecca Rykiss, National Director, Brand and Communications, 416-961-6505 ext. 323, [email protected]; Rio Tinto, Simon Letendre, Director, Media Relations – Canada and Americas, 514-796-4973, [email protected]

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