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COPERNICUS Nicolaus Silver Coin 5$ Cook Islands 2008


Silver coin issued by Cook Islands to commemorate Nicolaus Copernicus and its theories, the first astronomer to formulate a comprehensive heliocentric cosmology, which displaced the Earth from the center of the universe. In silver 925 partially gold plated with nominal value 5 Dollars

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Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19, 1473 – May 24, 1543) was the first astronomer to formulate a scientifically-based heliocentric cosmology that displaced the Earth from the center of the universe. His epochal book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), is often regarded as the starting point of modern astronomy and the defining epiphany that began the Scientific Revolution. Although Greek, Indian and Muslim savants had published heliocentric hypotheses centuries before Copernicus, his publication of a scientific theory of heliocentrism, demonstrating that the motions of celestial objects can be explained without putting the Earth at rest in the center of the universe, stimulated further scientific investigations and became a landmark in the history of modern science that is known as the Copernican Revolution. Among the great polymaths of the Renaissance, Copernicus was a mathematician, astronomer, physician, classical scholar, translator, Catholic cleric, jurist, governor, military leader, diplomat and economist. Among his many responsibilities, astronomy figured as little more than an avocation — yet it was in that field that he made his mark upon the world.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2008
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)25
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
The coin obverse is enriched by an authentic Swarovski crystals representing the Sun. A precious tribute to the great astronomer father of the heliocentric theory.
The reverse shows Queen Elisabeth II effigy.