AgAuSHOOT: Germania Mint brings Renaissance astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus to Maltese coins with a new range

After a successful run of coins in their ‘Knights of the Past’ series, Germania Mint continues its partnership with the Mediterranean island of Malta with a new coin depicting Nicolaus Copernicus. The Polish polymath, astronomer, and mathematician, came to prominence with a theory postulating the Earth orbited the Sun, and not vice versa, as was widely taught. Given he was a Catholic canon, it was quite an achievement, but remarkably, his theories were well received by the Catholic Church.

The depiction, by artist Natalia Danysz, is an exceptional one, especially for a silver bullion coin. The portrait shows a learned man, but not an arrogant one, and the Sun, set over orbital rings and stars, sits to the side of it. Clean, simple, and very effective – a terrific design. The obverse continues the orbital path theme, along with the first six planets upon them, Earth looking particularly distinctive. A stylised sun sits in the centre, and the Maltese coat-of-arms occupies a space like it was another planet. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are absent, as the first of those was not discovered until 1781.

There are three variants in this debut launch. The bullion coin, with its themed blisterpack, has a 15,000 mintage, and the sun on the reverse face is coloured. The antique-finished coin with an inset amber sun, is a full numismatic, weighing in at two-ounces, and presented in one of those superb custom frames that Germania does so well. We have the earlier dinosaur, and one of the knights coins here in those frames, and they look great. In memory of the year of his death, the mintage is set at 1,473 pieces. Finally, there’s a gold bullion one with a rose-gilded sun, sporting a mintage of just 200 pieces, and with some quality presentation, it’s more of a collector’s piece.

We were lucky to get sent a sample of the silver bullion variant by the mint (thanks folks!), and can confirm it looks to be a fine quality strike. We’ve done one of our AgAuShoots for you to get a better look at the finished article. All versions should be available for pre-order right now. A fine release, commemorating the death of a true giant of mankind’s scientific progress.



Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) was a groundbreaking Polish astronomer, mathematician, and cleric whose revolutionary heliocentric model of the universe laid the foundation for modern astronomy. Born in Torun, Poland, Copernicus challenged the prevailing geocentric view, which placed Earth at the centre of the cosmos, by proposing that the planets, including Earth, revolved around the Sun in circular orbits.

In his seminal work “De revolutionibus orbium coelestium” (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), published posthumously in 1543, Copernicus presented his heliocentric theory. This revolutionary concept sparked a significant shift in scientific thought and initiated the Copernican Revolution, ultimately leading to the overthrow of the Ptolemaic geocentric model.

Copernicus’ work laid the groundwork for subsequent astronomers, such as Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei, who built upon his ideas and provided further evidence for the heliocentric model. Although Copernicus’ ideas were initially met with scepticism and opposition, his contributions paved the way for the Scientific Revolution and the development of modern astronomy, reshaping humanity’s understanding of the cosmos and its place within it.

5 EURO (Malta) 31.1 g of 0.999 silver 40 mm Brilliant uncirculated 15,000
10 EURO (Malta) 31.1 g of 0.999 silver 40 mm Antique 1,473
100 EURO (Malta) 31.1 g of 0.9999 gold 32.0 mm Brilliant uncirculated 200