The Royal Australian Mint has issued the final release in its three-coin The Earth and Beyond series, which showcases our extraordinary planet and beyond.
Following on from the two previous domed coins in the series, which depicted the Earth and its Moon as seen from space, this new release celebrates the Sun – the heart of our solar system and the energy provider to all life on Earth.
Royal Australian Mint Chief Executive Officer Ross MacDiarmid says the convex shape of the Earth and Beyond coins adds depth and accuracy to the design.
“The Earth and Beyond series is the first time the Royal Australian Mint has applied color on the convex surface of a coin,” he said.
“We now complete this impressive series with a beautifully colored and realistic depiction of the Sun on a domed convex surface.”
Struck from one ounce of fine silver, the obverse of the coin features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley surrounded by the planets of our solar system.
The coin is displayed in a beautiful presentation case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The Earth and Beyond – The Sun – 2019 $5 Colored Fine Silver Proof Domed Coin has a maximum mintage of 5,000 pieces and retails for $125.00 AUD.
The coins can be purchased from the Mint’s online store or by phoning 1300 652 020.
For international purchase please visit www.emk.com
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About the Royal Australian Mint
The Royal Australian Mint is a listed entity within the Commonwealth Government portfolio of the Treasury and is the sole supplier of Australia’s circulating coinage. His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, opened the Royal Australian Mint on 22 February 1965.
The first task of the Mint was to produce new coins for the introduction of decimal currency on 14 February 1966. Since then, it has produced more than 15 billion circulating coins. It now has the capacity to produce two million coins per day.
The demand for proof and uncirculated versions of those original decimal coins has been followed by expansion of the Mint’s collector coins into a high quality, innovative business. The Royal Australian Mint became the first Mint in the World to achieve accreditation to International Quality Standards ISO 9001. That emphasis on quality systems, innovative technology, and research and development is continuing today.
As well as the Mint’s functions to produce Australia’s coinage, it produces coins for other countries, along with medals, medallions, tokens, and seals for private clients, both national and international.