IAU Thanks Mint for Canadian International Year of Astronomy Coin


2009 International Year of Astronomy $30 Canadian Silver CoinThe Royal Canadian Mint is honoured to have received a Certificate of Appreciation from the IAU in recognition of our "commitment and outstanding contribution to the success of the International Year of Astronomy in Canada."

In July 2009, the Mint was proud to add its own $30 sterling silver International Year of Astronomy coin to the constellation of numismatic tributes to this global celebration of the field of astronomy.

Our collector coin features an observatory surrounded by outer space icons such as a galaxy, a comet and the planet Saturn.

These shimmering objects stand out against the painted background of a starry night sky appearing blue on the horizon and gradually darkening to black. This eye-catching design is the work of Toronto artist Colin Mayne.

Only a few months remain before the selling window for this exceptional 2009 collector coin closes. The total mintage for this coin is 10,000.

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About International Year of Astronomy Silver Coin

Humanity has always been fascinated by the vision of the night sky and as legend yielded to science, the mysteries of the heavens have been gradually solved by the world’s astronomers.

The relentless work of Canadian and international scientists, through which the compelling realities of our universe continue to be unveiled, is being celebrated in 2009 through the official recognition of the International Year of Astronomy.

The Mint is proud to add its own sterling silver coin to the growing line-up of numismatic tributes to this global celebration of the field of astronomy.

The International Year of Astronomy coin has the following specifications:

Mintage: 10,000 coins worldwide
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Finish: Proof (with color on the reverse)
Weight (g) 33.75
Diameter (mm) 40
Edge: Serrated
Certificate: Serialized
Face: $30

About the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins.

An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale.

For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.

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