ICONS OF INSPIRATION: GALILEO 2021 Niue 1oz .999 BU silver coin
The first release in this new series featuring historical icons celebrates Galileo Galilei, famed scientist of the 16th century. The artwork and design is crafted by famed coin designer Joel Iskowitz and pays an elegant tribute to this scientific innovator.
The first release in a new series of coins celebrating famous Icons of Inspiration through history features Galileo Galilei, one of the most famed innovators in scientific history. Galileo’s achievements and discoveries are fundamental to our present understanding of the physical universe.
A scientist of many talents, Galileo is perhaps best known for his advancements in astronomy, especially the use of the the refracting telescope to better understand the cosmos – including observations of the moon, supernovae, and our solar system, discovering the four largest moons of Jupiter, still referred to as the Galilean moons, and the phases of Venus. His observations led him to champion Copernicus’s heliocentric view of the solar system, at the time controversial but now known to be factual.
In addition to astronomy, Galileo achieved many other physical discoveries, including the laws of motion still fundamental to modern kinematics and a basic understanding of gravity based on the observation that bodies of unlike weights accelerate similarly in free-fall. His practical contributions included research on conic sections to develop more accurate artillery aiming, the development of a thermometer based on fluid dynamics, and refinements to the design of the refracting telescope.
Famed astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei holding a refracting telescope, one of his most famous innovations, alongside a globe and the moon. A rendition of his signature is below. The artwork and design is crafted by famed coin designer Joel Iskowitz and pays an elegant tribute to this scientific innovator.
A triumphant image of a muse, arm extended toward the sun, with the seal of the nation of Niue, the $5 face value, and the date.
Limited to just 10,000 pieces, this brilliant uncirculated silver coin comes with a capsule.