The Royal Australian Mint has started accepting orders for the third coin in well-received Southern Sky series. Similar to previous issues, the coin features a domed shape, with a convex obverse and concave reverse.
The series has presented constellations which are visible within the southern hemisphere shown on color printed domed coins. The first release of the series from 2012 featured the Southern Cross or “Crux.” The second release from 2013 featured the Pavo constellation.
The latest release of the series features Orion, a constellation which is visible throughout the world. It was named after Orion, a hunter in Greek mythology. The constellation is depicted on the concave reverse as seen from the southern hemisphere against an irridescent colored background. A compass themed border surrounds the design, including navigational markers and coordinates.
The convex obverse of the coin carries the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, with the legal tender face value of “5 Dollars” and the “2014” date.
Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% silver to proof quality, The diameter is 39.62 mm, and the maximum mintage is 10,000 pieces.
The coins are offered for sale in the Royal Australian Mint’s eShop with the product page located here and can also be found available from many world coin dealers.