2012 Crux Southern Sky $5 Domed Silver Proof Coin

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The Royal Australian Mint 2012 Crux Southern Sky $5 Silver Proof Coin. 

This wonderful release is dome shaped which represents an all time first for the Royal Australian Mint.

The “Southern Cross,” easily one of our most recognizable symbols is also known as the "The Crux Constellation" which is highly distinctive even though it is one of the smallest of the modern constellations. 

The four main stars form a cross, from which the constellation takes its name. As a navigation tool for early explorers it was indispensable. Today it has become the symbol of Australia in many things including the flag of miners independence, The Southern Cross flag, which was hoisted on high at the Eureka Stockade. A symbol of freedom and a sign of Australia’s coming of age in the modern era.  

Certificate of Authenticity included.  Certificate numbers may vary from pictures.

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Coin Specifications:

The reverse design of the coin is color printed on a concave surface, which provides a dramatic display of the constellation framed within a compass 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

History

In 2009 Monnaie de Paris released the worlds first domed coin for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy. It was gold coin which was one ounce of gold and had a face value of 200 Euros.  The U.S. mint has also considered making one in the form of a baseball skin.

The Royal Australian Mint awarded the 2013 Canberra Engineering Excellence Award for the 2012 Southern Sky Crux Curved Coin.

This award recognizes the engineering innovation required to produce the 2012 Southern Cross Crux Curved Coin.

The Southern Cross features on the flags of five nations, they are New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Samoa and Papua New Guinea.

The Eureka Flag is a design which features: a dark blue field 260 x 400 cm (2:3.08 ratio); a horizontal stripe 37 cm wide and a vertical line crossing it of 36 cm wide; and 5 eight pointed stars, the central star being 65 cm tall (point to point) and the other stars 60 cm tall, representing the Crux Australis constellation.

The design was first used for the war flag of the Eureka Rebellion of 1854 at Ballarat in Victoria, Australia. Rebels swore an oath to the flag as a symbol of defiance at its first flying at Bakery Hill and 22 were killed at the Eureka Stockade defending the original flag (now held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, on loan from the Art Gallery of Ballarat).

The flag design has gained wider notability in Australian culture due to its adoption by radicals as a symbol of democracy, and general purpose symbol of protest, mainly in relation to a variety of anti-establishment, non-conformist causes. It is listed as an object of state heritage significance on the Victorian Heritage Register and was named as a Victorian Icon by the National Trust in 2006.

*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.