International Year of Astronomy

The 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 […]

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Ottawa, Ontario, – As Canadians start planning for the holiday season, the Royal Canadian Mint has unwrapped its latest collector coins and gift products of 2009. A vivid array of precious and base metal coins await the sophisticated collector or gift-giver with offerings such as: A new pair of Crystal Snowflake $20 silver coins The […]

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OTTAWA — Coin collectors and astronomy fans alike will be impressed by the Royal Canadian Mint’s $30 Sterling Silver International Year of Astronomy collector coin, as well as several new products which are sure to attract the gaze of those looking to expand their collections or acquire finely crafted keepsakes of innovative design and composition.

Royal Canadian Mint 2009 Collector Coins - Third Product Releases

Other entries in the Mint’s third product release of 2009 include the final issue of the Playing Card Money series, a new Blessings of Wealth 99.999% pure gold coin, an "Autumn Jewel" crystal raindrop coin and the newest issue of the $20 Fine Silver Great Canadian Locomotive Series featuring the Jubilee. These products will be available for purchase as of July 22, 2009.

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2009 has been designated "The International Year of Astronomy." To honour this title the Austrian Mint in Vienna has chosen to dedicate its silver-niobium coin this year to this fascinating theme.   The new coin, which goes on sale on 11th March, 2009, displays a three-quarter portrait of the famous mathematician and astronomer Galileo Galilei […]

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The Japan Mint started 2009 by announcing the winners of its 2008 international coin design competition. The yearly program is one of the most unique for a world mint, and somewhat similar to the recently promoted London 2012 coin contest from the British Royal Mint. The Mint said its contest is meant to encourage those […]

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Alongside telescopes looking up into the night sky, the Royal Australian Mint launched its newest collectible coins at a unique event on Friday, 7 November 2008.

2009 $1 and 20 Cent Proof International Year of Astronomy Coins

The Mint joined with the Canberra Astronomical Society to create a night of star-gazing in celebration of the 2009 year set theme which commemorates the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). An amazing light show of local astronomer’s photography was also projected across the walls of the Mint building.

"In 2009 the world celebrates the exploration of our universe. It marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s first use of the telescope and recognises his revolutionary discoveries that began modern astronomy," said Janine Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint.

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