2018 Earth and Beyond * The Earth $5 Domed Silver Proof Coin
The Earth and Beyond Coin Series from the Royal Australian Mint is dedicated to the planets in our solar system.
The first issue of this new domed coin series celebrates our own home, the earth.
The Earth is one of the nine major planets in our solar system and the only planet where higher forms of life could evolve. This magnificent domed coin made from one ounce of silver features the blue planet, the cradle of life. The domed shape enhances the earths round shape and gives the coin a realistic look.
The Moon, the Sun and the Milky Way were to follow this first coin release .
The coin comes in its original mint packaging with certificate of authenticty. Only 5,000 copies of this coin were released world wide and it is highly sought after by collectors of the series.
The reverse design of the coin is color printed on a concave surface, which provides a fabulous display of our blue planet 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 box with certificate of authenticity.
Denomination – $5
Metal – Silver 99.9 percent
Diameter – 39.62mm
Mass – 1 troy ounce
Finish – Proof
Design – Aaron Baggio
Mintage – 5,000
Mint – The Royal Australian Mint
Earth, our home planet, is a world unlike any other that we have so far discovered. It is the third planet from the sun. Our Earth is the only place in the known universe confirmed to host life.
With a radius of 6,371 km, Earth is the fifth largest planet in our solar system, and it’s the only one known for sure to have liquid water on its surface. Earth is also unique in terms of monikers. Every other solar system planet was named for a Greek or Roman deity, but for at least a thousand years, some cultures have described our world using the Germanic word “earth,” which means simply “the ground.”
Though we can’t feel it, Earth zooms through its orbit at an average velocity of 30km a second. During this circuit, our planet is an average of 93 million miles away from the sun, a distance that takes light about eight minutes to traverse. Astronomers define this distance as one astronomical unit (AU), a measure that serves as a handy cosmic yardstick in all areas of astronomy.
We also benefit from the protection of Earth’s magnetic field which is generated by our planet’s rotation and its iron-nickel core. This teardrop-shaped field shields Earth from high-energy particles launched at us from the sun and elsewhere in the cosmos. But due to the field’s structure, some particles get funneled to Earth’s Poles and collide with our atmosphere, yielding aurorae, the natural fireworks show known by some as the northern lights.