Australia: First domed gold coin features Southern Hemisphere’s cosmic wonders

The Royal Australian Mint have unveiled (3rd February) a new coin that is a first for them: a dome-shaped coin that depicts the mystique of the Southern Hemisphere’s cosmic wonders, captured in one ounce of pure gold. A true representation of innovative craftsmanship and at the forefront of creative design, this latest gold issue captures the elements of the night sky to stunning effect. This unique piece by the Mint is the first cutting-edge gold curved coin to be released within Australia, and the first of the Celestial Dome two-coin series. This new gold issue follows the immensely successful and popular Southern Sky and Northern Sky series, in which all six releases sold out within a matter of days. This new domed coin utilises modern minting techniques, adding particular attention to the astrological theme as well as increasing the desirability of gold to accentuate the mystique of the night sky.

The concave reverse, designed by B. King, includes a startling depiction of the heavens, blending both the actual constellations of the stars with their astrological representations. In total, 40 constellations—including 7 of the 12 zodiac representations (or birth signs)—are shown on the coin, intricately depicted within the primary design and increasing in size from the centre. The words SOUTHERN SKY, in script, are placed at the bottom of the design.

The obverse includes the effigy of the Queen designed by Ian Rank-Broadley and used on all circulation coinage in Australia since 1999. The coin’s denomination of 100 DOLLARS is placed below the Queen’s effigy.

Denom.

Metal

Weight

Diameter

Quality

Mintage Limit

$100

.9999 gold

 31.103 g

38.51 mm

Proof

750



With a strictly limited mintage of 750 pieces, the 2017 $100 gold Proof domed coin debuted at the World Money Fair on the 3rd February. It is offered to collectors worldwide but is expected to be over-subscribed. For more information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Australian Mint, please visit their website.   ❑

WMNB sponsor APMEX will also carry the $100 gold Southern Sky domed coin.

 

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  1. Koichi Ito says

    Since last one ounce gold coin from Royal Australian Mint took 3 months to get my address, So I hope that this first domed gold coin of southern hemispheres comic wonder proof coin reaches my address on time?

  2. M Alexander says

    Hello Koichi,

    It sounds as though your gold coin finally arrived – good to hear. Hopefully that was an isolated incident but if there are other delays similar to the last one, remember to alert the RAM as soon as you think there has been a delay and I’m sure they will help you to track the shipment.

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