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This is the third Silver coin in a three coin series, “Northern Sky” and features one of the world’s most famous constellations – the Cygnus. The coin has a beautiful combination of colour printing, a Proof quality and an innovative dome shape. This coin comes in an attractive presentation case, with outer box and Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 5.000 pieces worldwide.
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Availability date: 12/16/2016
Cygnus is a northern constellation lying on the plane of the Milky Way, deriving its name from the Latinized Greek word for swan. The swan is one of the most recognizable constellations of the northern summer and autumn, and it features a prominent asterism known as the Northern Cross (in contrast to the Southern Cross). Cygnus was among the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations. Cygnus contains Deneb, one of the brightest stars in the night sky and one corner of the Summer Triangle, as well as some notable X-ray sources and the giant stellar association of Cygnus OB2. One of the stars of this association, NML Cygni, is one of the largest stars currently known. The constellation is also home to Cygnus X-1, a distant X-ray binary containing a supergiant and unseen massive companion that was the first object widely held to be a black hole. Many star systems in Cygnus have known planets as a result of the Kepler Mission observing one patch of the sky, the patch is the area around Cygnus. In addition, most of the eastern part of Cygnus is dominated by the Hercules–Corona Borealis Great Wall, a giant galaxy filament that is the largest known structure in the observable universe; covering most of the northern sky.
The reverse of this beautiful coin features the Cygnus constellation. A gorgeous combination of color, with blue, yellow and green, makes the constellation almost real. The stars are engraved in Silver, in this way appears the contrast. On the top of the reverse, the inscription: “Northern Sky – Cygnus” – the name of the series and of the coin. On the bottom, the inscription: “Five Dollars” – the face value. The coin's obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “2016” – the issue year and “Australia” - the issue country.