The last in the Royal Australian Mints latest domed astronomy coin series is now with us. Titled The Earth & Beyond it’s a three coin series showing of the Earth, the Moon, and now, the Sun. Collectors of the hit Southern Sky series and its follow ons will no doubt love this one as like those earlier issues, the RAM has done a top job with the production and strike of these.
These are one-ounce fine silver coins that are true domed strikes. The latest coin has a concave reverse face depicting the Sun in colour, surrounded by a clean border holding a relatively intricate themed pattern. The pattern is basically the same in concept to the previous pair of coins, but differs in the detailing. The concave obverse has a clean proof finish with the obligatory effigy of Queen Elizabeth II at its centre. The RAM is still using the Ian Rank Broadley effigy, but it’s likely the later Jody Clark one will start to be employed on their coins over the next couple of years. The interesting design of interlocking orbital pathways, each with one of the eight planets upon it, remains around her visage.
Presentation consists of a good quality coin box – nothing fancy, but neat and decent – and a certificate of authenticity is enclosed. The mintage of 5,000 is usually gone in short order, and indeed the Royal Australian Mint have already exhausted their own allocation. Fortunately, distribution outside of Australia is being handled by EMK, and they still have them for sale, as well as several of our sponsors. Expect to pay around €100 for one of these very cool coins. They’re popular for good reason and we hope the mint continues the theme with something new, especially in this anniversary year of the moon landings.