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Tuvalu 2018-P Aztec Thermometer $2 2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Medallic Rimless Antiqued Piedfort Proof P05

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This antique finish two troy ounce pure silver coin features a thermometer, surrounded by ancient Aztec style gods and decorations!

Here's a novel idea! The Perth Mint of Australia brings us this two troy ounce pure silver coin with an antique finish - and a working thermometer set in its center! How ingenious! This operational compass indicates the temperature using both the Celsius and the Fahrenheit scales!

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Aztec Thermometer
Essential for meteorology, medicine, industry and scientific research, thermometers are not the result of a single invention, but rather an evolution of technology spanning about 2,000 years. While thermometers’ exact origins are hidden in the mists of time, several historians have credited the first instrument for measuring temperature to Hero of Alexandria, who lived circa 10-70 AD in Roman Egypt.

In Mexico and Central America, the Aztec civilization flourished for centuries before the coming of the Spanish conquistadors. The Aztecs worshiped gods who influenced the weather, including extremes of temperature.

The story of Itztlacoliuhqui, the god of frost and cold, appears in an Aztec myth of creation. Tonatiuh, the Sun god, demanded obedience and sacrifice from the other gods before he would move. Infuriated by his arrogance, the Lord of Dawn and morning star Venus, Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, shot an arrow at the Sun. However, he missed, so the Sun threw his own arrow back, piercing Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli through the head and transforming him into Itztlacoliuhqui.

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An Intricate and Intriguing Design!
Featuring an antiqued finish, this intriguing coin is inset with an operational dial thermometer indicating degrees on both Celsius and Fahrenheit scales. The thermometer’s face portrays an Aztec-style sun in the middle.

The thermometer is surrounded by Aztec-style patterns and iconography based on the circular Aztec solar, or agricultural, calendar. The fire-breathing sun god Tonatiuh is represented at the top, holding an arrow in one hand, a flaming torch the other and wearing flame earrings. Itztlacoliuhqui, the god of frost and cold, breathing frost and carrying an arrow, appears at the bottom.

To the left (or cold) side of the thermometer dial is an Aztec, or Meso-American, stylization of a snowflake. On the opposite (right, or hot) side is a similarly styled depiction of the sun’s rays. This side also incorporates The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mint mark.

The coin’s reverse reveals the thermometer’s sensor, which is encircled by Aztec-style patterning, the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and the 2018 date.

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Technical Notes
This intriguing coin has been individually antiqued to give it an unique finish conveying the age and surface abrasions of an ancient artifact. As a result of this treatment, the appearance of each coin may vary. While the thermometer set into the middle of the coin forms part of the coin’s overall makeup and design, it should not be relied upon for measurement purposes.

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Antique finish, Aztec style decoration, with a working thermometer in the center.  The Perth Mint’s "P" mint mark also appears.

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Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. A compass rose design decorates the back of the compass. The legend 2 OZ 9999 AG guarantees the weight and purity. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date and the denomination also appear.

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The coin is enclosed inside an oversize luxury frame-style case with a see-through faces that allow for the easy display of both sides of the coin, protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2018
Face Value Two Dollars
Weight 62.27 g
Diameter 45.50 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   6.00 mm
Mintage Limit    2,500
Finish Antique with Ultra High Relief
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Lucas Bowers (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

The Island Nation of Tuvalu
Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbors are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It is comprised of four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 11,992 makes it the third-least populated independent country in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. It is also the second-smallest member by population of the United Nations. In terms of physical land size, at just 10 square miles Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru.

The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people, who arrived about 3000 years go. The islands came under Great Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The Ellice Islands were administered by Britain as part of a protectorate from 1892 to 1916 and as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony from 1916 to 1974. In 1974 the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within The Commonwealth in 1978. with Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state.

Because Tuvalu has few natural resources it has been dependent in recent years upon aid from larger, more developed nations, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Perth Mint of Australia is officially commissioned by the government of Tuvalu to produce legal tender coinage for the island nation.

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