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Canada 2018 Royal Astronomical Society 150th Anniversary - Andromeda Galaxy, Eagle Nebula, Eclipse, Meteor Impact Crater, Solar Corona, Stars and Aurora Borealis Northern Light $20 Pure Silver Proof with Color and Genuine Meteorite Fragment L07

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Vibrant full color is further enhanced by the addition of a genuine meteor fragment from the Campo del Cielo meteorite field on the tour-de-force astronomical design, struck in one troy ounce of pure silver with a proof finish!
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Sold out at the Mint!Since 1868, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) has nurtured the passion of astronomers and fostered the curiosity of anyone who has looked up at the stars and wondered what lies beyond! Celebrate the 150th anniversary of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada with a realistic re-imagining of its sesquicentennial logo, topped with a meteorite fragment that is a tribute to the contributions of its members.

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Own Your Very Own Meteorite!
The design incorporates a guaranteed authentic meteorite fragment! Sourced from the Campo del Cielo meteorite field, the fragment made impact some 4,500 years ago, but it was originally part of an iron mass that is billions of years old. It’s an opportunity to own an extra-terrestrial piece of our solar system — one potentially as old as the Earth itself!

Key Points

 - A Royal Canadian Mint first! An unique outer space scene that is rarely seen on RCM coins. Enhanced by engraved textural details, the full colour image is a realistic take on the RASC’s symbolic logo for its sesquicentennial year.
 - Each coin is truly unique: since no two pieces of meteorite are alike, no two coins are identical, either!
 - A limited mintage collectible with extraordinary visual appeal. The stunning design is sure to resonate with all who share a passion for outer space, exploration, science (and science fiction), and astronomy!

An Elaborate, Creative Design - And An Original Work of Art!

The design by Alexandra Lefort is a re-interpretation of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s sesquicentennial logo in a scientifically accurate, photorealism art style. The original logo features stars that allude to Canadian contributions to stellar spectroscopy and photometry, and a globular cluster that honours the scientific work of Helen Sawyer Hogg and Canada’s cooperative partnerships; both are colourfully re-imagined here as the Eagle Nebula—specifically the pillars of interstellar gas and dust known as the Pillars of Creation, where the formation of new stars is a symbolic representation of the RASC’s beginnings (and by extension, its anniversary).

A fixture in RASC public outreach efforts, the Moon was chosen to represent the lunar calendars of the First Nations peoples, and the navigational astronomy that guided many European discoverers during Canada’s early history. Beneath it, the Andromeda galaxy — the nearest major galaxy to our own — is a symbolic ode to Canadian contributions to cosmology.

Blazing as it burns through Earth’s upper atmosphere, the depiction of a meteor is topped by a genuine iron meteorite fragment sourced from the Campo del Cielo meteorite fields, where the impact craters date back an estimated 4,500 years. Both the meteorite and the view of the Manicouagan crater in Quebec are a nod to the RASC’s longstanding interest in the study of planet geology, meteor dynamics and impact cratering, and to the excellence of Canadian research in these fields. Always fascinating, the space-weather phenomenon of the aurora borealis adds a “True North” flourish that a design that encapsulates 150 years of exploring the cosmos. The obverse also includes the country CANADA, the double commemorative dates 1868 – 2018, and the face value 20 DOLLARS.

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Technology Note - Color
This pure silver proof features the Royal Canadian Mint’s patented colorization technology. The RCM leads the world with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients, and extreme precision of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

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Technology Note - Purity
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This one troy ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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The design by Alexandra Lefort is a re-interpretation of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s sesquicentennial logo in a scientifically accurate, photorealism art style. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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A cameo proof portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in profile facing right, selectively enhanced with 24-karat gold plating. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

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The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Country Canada
Year of Issue 2018
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage Limit      5,500
Finish Proof with Color and Genuine Meteorite Fragment
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (reeded, milled)
Artist Alexandra Lefort
Certificate Individually Numbered

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  1. Phenomenal Coin

    Posted by Jeff on 24th Aug 2018

    This phenomenal coin is a real winner by the Royal Canadian Mint. The astronomical design in full color is fabulous. The addition of an actual piece of meteorite makes this coin so unique and highly collectible. The coin is well encapsulated and presented. 5 stars all the way!

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