The Most Beautiful Galaxies - The Messier 100 Galaxy

Niue Islands 2015 - $1 - The Most Beautiful Galaxies - The Messier 100 Galaxy - 17,5g LIMITED Silver Coin

Only 2.015 of these coins were issued by Mint of Poland!
This silver proof coin comes with digital printing and is dedicated to the most beautiful galaxies.
$92.43

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Country Niue Islands
Year 2015
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 1
Metal Silver
Fineness 999/1000
Weight 1/2oz - 17g
Diameter 38,61 mm
Mintage 2015
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case no
Price $92.43
Coin Story

The Most Beautiful Galaxies series was designed in collaboration with the European Southern Observatory – the leading intergovernmental astronomy organization in Europe. Messier 100 (also known as NGC 4321) is an example of a grand design spiral galaxy located within the southern part of constellation Coma Berenices. It is one of the brightest and largest galaxies in the Virgo Cluster, located approximately 55 million light-years distant from Earth and has a diameter of 107,000 light years. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain on March 15, 1781 and was subsequently entered in Messier’s catalogue of nebulae and star clusters after Charles Messier made observations of his own on April 13, 1781. The galaxy was one of the first spiral galaxies[6] to be discovered, and was listed as one of fourteen spiral nebulae by Lord William Parsons of Rosse in 1850. Two satellite galaxies named NGC 4323 -connected with M100 by a bridge of luminous matter- and NGC 4328 are present within this galaxy.

Reverse Design

The reverse features an image of God taken from the “Ancient of Days” by W. Blake, drawing a circle around a selected galaxy with a compass. At the bottom, an image of the tMessier 100 galaxy is featured. The image was perfectly imprinted in high resolution technology. The background image represents a monochord – an ancient one-string musical instrument that symbolizes deep exploration of music and cosmology.

Obverse Design

The traditional obverse of the coin by Niue bears the portrait of Her Majesty Elizabeth II surrounded by the following inscriptions: the Queen’s name, the face value of the coin, its issuing year and country.

Packaging

The Most Beautiful Galaxies - The Messier 100 Galaxy silver coin comes encapsulated, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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