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GALILEO GALILEI 450th Anniversary Signature Swarovski 1 Kg Kilo Silver Coin 20$ Fiji 2014


Galileo Galilei was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher. This 1 Kilo silver 100 mm coin is honoring this great man who changed the world. On the coin Galileo's original signature and Swarovski crystals in round and star shapes. Premium packaging featuring the solar system and planets being represented by shining glass crystals. Mintage extremely limited to 450 pcs.

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Galileo Galilei
The world this year marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of Galileo Galilei, who died on January 8th, 1642. The famous Italian scientist was tried by the Holy Office of the Catholic Church for his defense of a heliocentric universe. The case has often been used to demonstrate a supposed conflict between science and religion.
Born on February 15, 1564, in Pisa, Italy, Galileo Galilei was a mathematics professor who made pioneering observations of nature with long-lasting implications for the study of physics. He also constructed a telescope and supported the Copernican theory, which supports a sun-centered solar system. Galileo was accused twice of heresy by the church for his beliefs, and wrote books on his ideas. He died in Arcetri, Italy, on January 8, 1642.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2014
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)1000 (1 Kg)
  • Diameter (mm)100
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse of the coin is inspired by the Flammarion Engraving firstly documented in the book "The Atmosphere: Popular Meteorology" written by the famous author and astronomer Camille Flammarion in 1888. Flammarion describes the engraving using the words "a missionary of the Middle Ages tells that he had found the point where the sky and the earth touch." Thereby he contrasts the medieval world view of a flat earth with the researches of Galileo Galilei. Symbolizing the great discover of Galileo the coin's reverse features the heliocentric and medieval world picture with round and star-shaped Swarovski crystals in front of a blue metallic colored sky and luminaries with 24 carat Gold plating. The artistically designed obverse of the issuing country illustrates our solar system together with the coat of arms of the issuing country Fiji. Galileo's famous words "Where the senses fail us, reason must step in" are engraved on the edge of the coin and make this coin even more to an artistic masterpiece.