With the silver coin series complete, the Royal Australian Mint goes gold for Southern Sky

One of the big hits of the last few years and an early entrant in the domed coin market, the Royal Australian Mints (RAM) Southern Sky and subsequent Northern Sky series wrapped up after six coins late last year. Originally a single coin per year, popularity meant than the second series of three (Northern Sky) was released in a single year. When you have a series this liked, continuing it makes sense, but what do you do when you’ve run out of sky?

For the RAM, the answer has now appeared in the form of a premium gold coin depicting the southern sky in a completely different stylistic way. The artwork is reminiscent of old maps, full of character, and it looks a cool piece. Struck in the same domed format but in an ounce of four-nines gold, there’s no colour on this like that applied to the silver coins and we’d consider that a good thing – we believe colour doesn’t suit gold as well as silver except in rare circumstances.

The packaging looks like a very nice gloss-finish wenge wood box and there’s an enclosed certificate of authenticity which will carry the number of one of the 750 being minted. While this looks like a high quality and unusual numismatic, we feel that a true successor to the hit silver coins is yet to appear. Price alone will limit buyers as the yellow metal has dictated that this cost many times the six silver coins did combined, so here’s hoping that the silver format isn’t in hibernation for long. Available now.

2017 CELESTIAL DOME SOUTHERN SKY GOLD PROOF COIN

THE SOUTHERN SKY

The Southern Celestial Hemisphere or the Southern Sky, is part of a rotating astronomical region in the sky. It is the southern hemisphere of the celestial sphere.

From the South Pole, in good visibility conditions, the southern sky, has over 2,000 fixed stars which can be seen easily with naked eye, while with “aided eye” about 20,000 to 40,000 stars. In large cities, about 300 to 500 stars can be seen depending on the extent of light and air pollution. The farther north, the less is visible to the observer.

The brightest stars are all bigger than our sun. The brightest with -1.5 mag is Sirius in the constellation Great Dog; It has a double sun radius and is 8 light years away. Also Canopus and the next fixed star Toliman (α Centauri) with 4 light years distance are located in the southern sky, but with around 60° southern declination so close to the pole that both can not be observed from Central Europe. (Source: Wikipedia)

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SPECIFICATION

NAME 2017 CELESTIAL DOME: SOUTHERN SKY
DENOMINATION $100 Australian
COMPOSITION 0.9999 gold
WEIGHT 31.1 grams
DIAMETER 38.51 mm
FINISH Proof
MODIFICATIONS True domed strike
MINTAGE 750
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

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