Australia 2016 5$ Cassiopeia Northern Sky 1oz Proof Silver Coin

Australia 2016 5$ Cassiopeia Northern Sky 1oz Proof Silver Coin

 

  • 1st coin in 3-coin Northern Sky series
  • Australian coin 2016
  • 1 oz silver 999 proof
  • Color printed night sky design
  • Special box & CoA
  • Worldwide mintage – 5 000 pieces

 

€99.95
AU0135
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Country: Australia Metal Purity: 999 Box: Yes
Year of Issue: 2016 Coin Weight: 31.1 g CoA: Yes
Face Value: 5 dollars Dimensions: 39.62 mm Coin Accent: Pad printing
ID: AU0135 Quality: Proof Mintage quantity: 5000 pcs

This is the first coin of a three-coin Northern Sky series featuring the celebrated domed shape coin. In Greek mythology, Cassiopeia was the beautiful but boastful queen of Ethiopia. While her beauty could never be questioned, her vanity became her tragic legacy. The coin is made of 1 oz silver 999 in proof quality, with the worldwide mintage limited to 5 000 pieces.

The traditional obverse of the Australian coin is decorated with an effigy of Her Majesty Elizabeth II. The following inscriptions surround the portrait: the Queen’s name, the name of the issuing country, and the year of issue.

The reverse is a likeness of the night sky, with Cassiopeia constellation twinkling in it. Cassiopeia can still be seen in the northern skies today, with her throne circling the celestial pole and her arm desperately hanging on. As per Poseidon’s wishes, the constellation is sometimes seen upside down, and appears as either an M or W depending on when it is being viewed. After being catalogued in the second century by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy, it is still classed as one of today’s 88 modern constellations. The coin comes housed in a special presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity inside.

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