Royal Australian Mint is pushing the boundaries in coin innovation and
design – celebrating astronomy and engineering with its newest
innovation ? a curved coin.
only 10,000 minted—and only a tiny fraction of those have been
certified in this ultimate grade. The Professional Coin Grading Service
has certified that this world coin grades PR70 DCAM, meaning that it is
an absolutely perfect proof example with deep cameo contrast between
frosty white devices and blazing mirrored fields. In addition, it has a
stunningly beautiful dome shape. The “Crux Southern” constellation is
perhaps better known as the “Southern Cross.” The Crux constellation
spans the domed surface of the silver coin like a celestial sphere. The
navigational markers bordering the design point out where the viewer
would face when looking up at the sky to get the best view of the
constellation. Form and function come together to virtually interact
with collectors and astronomers alike.
Crux Southern constellation is present on the flag of Australia, as
well as the flags of Brazil, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Samoa.
For centuries this constellation has served as a navigational beacon for
sailors and is one of the easiest to identify in the night sky.
astronomical design was perfect for this coin and not only because of
the dome shape, we also added color to truly capture the essence of the
night sky and bring it to life,” said Mr. Ross MacDiarmid, Chief
Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint.
Royal Australian Mint has always been at the forefront of coin design
and this latest coin release shows just how innovative and unique our
products are,” said Mr. MacDiarmid, “We are always thinking of new ways
to develop technologically, and this product was a real challenge in
creating a visually appealing design on curved precious metal.”
is the first release dedicated to constellations visible in the
Australian sky, and in this new age of space exploration, we look
forward to bringing you more astronomically themed products in the years
to come,” he further explained.