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2013 Southern Sky Pavo $5 Domed Silver Proof Coin
Following up on the huge success of the first Australian domed coin in 2012, The Crux Southern Cross, the Royal Australian Mint has delighted us once again with its stunning design masterpiece in pure silver.
Both coins are destined to become very strong collectors items in the years to come. The only small downside on the packaging is that the vulvanised rubber coating the tins has become sticky with storage. It has something to do with the rubber sweating. It is widely reported by purchasers world wide. Neverthless it is the coin housed inside that has the real value.
The constellation is depicted on the concave surface of the reverse of the coin, with an iridescent colored background of blue and green to accentuate the night sky.
A compass surrounds the border design which carries navigational markers and coordinates from where a viewer can observe this particular constellation.
Certificate of Authenticity included. Certificate numbers may vary from pictures.
Pavo is a constellation in the southern sky with the Latin name for peacock. It is one of twelve constellations conceived by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. Pavo first appeared on a 35-cm (14 in) diameter celestial globe published in 1598 in Amsterdam by Plancius and Jodocus Hondius and was depicted in Johann Bayer's star atlas Uranometria of 1603. French explorer and astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille gave its stars Bayer designations in 1756. The constellations Pavo, Grus, Phoenix and Tucana are collectively known as the "Southern Birds".
The constellation's brightest member, Alpha Pavonis, is also known as Peacock and appears as a 1.91-magnitude blue-white star, but is actually a spectroscopic binary. Delta Pavonis is a nearby Sun-like star some 19.9 light years distant. Six of the star systems in Pavo have been found to host planets, including HD 181433 with a super-earth, and HD 172555 with evidence of a major interplanetary collision in the past few thousand years. The constellation contains NGC 6752, the third-brightest globular cluster in the sky, and the spiral galaxy NGC 6744, which closely resembles our Milky Way but is twice as large. Pavo is the radiant of two annual meteor showers: the Delta Pavonids and August Pavonids.
*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.
The reverse design of the coin is color printed on a concave surface, which provides a dramatic display of the Pavo constellation framed within a compass designed border.
The obverse is convex and includes the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, along with the legal tender face value and date of issue.
Packaged in a specially designed presentation tin with a special insert which permits you to stand the coin upright for display..
Denomination - $5
Metal - Silver 99.9 percent
Diameter - 39.62mm
Mass - 1 troy ounce
Finish - Proof
Mintage - 10,000
Mint - The Royal Australian Mint