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POLAR YEAR Aurora Australis Silver Coin 5$ Australia 2009


This beautiful hologram coin is the last release in the International Polar Year series. Inside the beautifully designed hologram are the images of the Australis, Skua and the Three Explorers so no matter which way the coin is looked at you are sure to see a spectacular image.

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IPY 2009
The International Polar Year (or IPY) is a collaborative, international effort researching the polar regions. Karl Weyprecht, an Austro-Hungarian naval officer, motivated the endeavor, but died before it first occurred in 1882-1883. Fifty years later (1932-1933) a second IPY occurred. The International Geophysical Year was inspired by the IPY and occurred 75 years after the first IPY (1957-58).

The third International Polar Year has ended, having begun in 2007, and continued until 2009[1]. It is being sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU) the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The chair of the International Planning Group established within the ICSU for this event is chaired by Professor Chris Rapley and Dr. Robin Bell. The Director of the IPY International Programme Office is Dr David Carlson.

The latest IPY brought about the most ambitious Arctic climate change research project ever undertaken in Canada, a $150-million (CAD) research program called the Circumpolar Flaw Lead (CFL) System Study. Led by University of Manitoba Professor David Barber, a Canada Research Chair, the project involved more than 300 scientists from 16 countries, including over 40 faculty members, research associates, graduate students, technicians and support staff from the University of Manitoba.

Based aboard the research icebreaker, CCGS Amundsen, the CFL project examined the “flaw lead” system, a circumpolar phenomenon created when the central Arctic ice pack moves away from coastal ice, leaving areas of open water. CFL scientists are working closely with northern residents to understand how global climate change is affecting the nature of the flaw lead system in the Northern Hemisphere, and how it is expected to impact the circumpolar Arctic in the coming years. The project involved over-wintering the Amundsen in the Banks Island flaw lead in the Southern Beaufort Sea, the first time this has ever been done.

  • CountryAustralia
  • Year2009
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)36.31
  • Diameter (mm)38.74
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)12.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The final coin in the International Polar Year Series is uniquely different, it is a beautifully coined hologram coin.
The $5 Silver proof hologram coin shows a silhouette of a sailing ship surrounded by the amazing colours of the Aurora Australis. The colour of the hologram changes to represent this celestial phenomenon.
Royal Australian Mint has included design elements from the preceding coins. Keen observers will see the location details of several key scientific base camps, the Antarctic Skua in flight and the first Australians to reach the South Magnetic Pole from the Ernest Shackleton expedition. As with those earlier releases they have again included intricate laser frosting revealing concentric patterns on the land mass map. This is also the only coin of the series which includes the International Polar Year official logo.