THE UNIVERSE GITD: SILVER FUME
Third of three coins in this intriguing glow-in-the-dark series, this is another pretty cool coin and every one is unique due to the hand-sculpted nature of the glass insert.
MINTS DESCRIPTION: People have looked to the stars for millennia. It wasn’t until the 1930s, though, when scientists who wanted to expand their knowledge of the universe began to listen to them instead. This coin features British Columbia’s DRAO, the largest facility of its kind in Canada. When viewed in the dark, this coin reveals a glowing, star-filled sky that even shines through its glass globule, a unique embellishment that was handcrafted in Canada.
DESIGN: Designed by Canadian artist Ardell Bourgeois, your coin features a depiction of the NRC Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) near Penticton, British Columbia. Against the tree-lined mountain to the north, the 26-metre John A. Galt Telescope is pointed up to the sky to capture and transmit the radio wavelengths originating from space. The soft colours of the blue sky and light clouds provide a beautiful backdrop to the engraved building in the foreground, which is easily identified by the NRC-CNRC logo. Under lit conditions, the coloured sky masks a spectacular hidden feature: the presence of glow-in-the-dark stars, as they would appear in the night sky over the observatory. To the left, artist Loïc Beaumont-Tremblay has handcrafted a lightweight yet resilient glass embellishment, which presents an artistic representation of a radio signal received by the telescope. Using a mix of glass and silver fume, the effect is achieved by working at extremely high temperatures in order to replicate the wave shape; the addition of luminescence also gives the wave a captivating glow, adding an otherworldly quality to this celebration of astrophysical achievement.