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2016 NORTHERN SKY URSA MAJOR 1oz SILVER PROOF DOMED COIN
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2016 Northern Sky Ursa Major 1oz Silver Proof Domed Coin
The Royal Australian Mint has released the second coin within their “Northern Sky” series. These coins feature constellations visible in the northern hemisphere presented on color printed domed coins.
Those who gaze at the stars in the northern celestial hemisphere are treated year-round to the sight of one of the world’s most famous constellations. Ursa Major Latin for ‘the larger/greater she-bear’) has been a key feature of astronomy, navigation and folklore since its declaration by Ptolemy in the Second Century AD.
- Country: Australia
- Year: 2016
- Face Value: (AUD) $5
- Metal: Silver
- Fineness (purity): 999/1000
- Weight: 31.135g (1oz)
- Diameter: 39.62
- Quality: Proof/Coloured
- Mintage: 5000
- Certificate (COA): Yes
- Presentation case (box): Yes
A central circle containing a coloured representation of a star chart including a stylised representation of a field of stars, 3 right ascension lines and 2 declination lines. Superimposed on the star chart is a stylised representation of the constellation Ursa Major. The design includes a stylised representation of a mountain landsacpe. Surrounding the central circle is an ornamental border. The design also includes the inscriptions ‘+40°’, ‘+60°’, ‘13h’, ‘11h’, ‘9h’, ‘NORTHERN SKY – URSA MAJOR’ and ‘FIVE DOLLARS’.
An effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse side of the coin together with the inscriptions ‘ELIZABETH II’, ‘AUSTRALIA’ and the inscription, in numerals, of a year. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Ian Rank-Broadley ‘IRB’.
It comes supplied in a presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.