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This fascinating 1 Oz Silver coin features a beautiful image of the Milky Way, combining data from three great NASA Observatories. The coin has a beautiful chromatic colour application, has an incredible design, has a Proof quality and comes in an elegant case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 2.000 pieces worldwide.
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Availability date: 08/28/2017
The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System. The descriptive "milky" is derived from the appearance from Earth of the galaxy – a band of light seen in the night sky formed from stars that cannot be individually distinguished by the naked eye. The term "Milky Way" is a translation of the Latin via lactea. From Earth, the Milky Way appears as a band because its disk-shaped structure is viewed from within. Galileo Galilei first resolved the band of light into individual stars with his telescope in 1610. Until the early 1920s, most astronomers thought that the Milky Way contained all the stars in the Universe. Following the 1920 Great Debate between the astronomers Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis, observations by Edwin Hubble showed that the Milky Way is just one of many galaxies.
The reverse of the coin presents a spectacular image of the Milky Way, as a combination of X-Rays and infrared emissions, omitting some of the stars to let the silver surface shine through the applied colour. On the top-right of the reverse, the inscription: “SHADES OF SPACE” – the name of the coin. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Coat of Arms of Samoa. All around the effigy, the inscription: “SAMOA” – the issue country, “2017” – the year of issue, “1 oz Ag 999” – the weight of the coin and the fineness of the Silver and “5 DOLLARS” – the face value.