200th Anniversary Charles Darwin

Tuvalu 2009 - $1 - 200th Anniversary Charles Darwin - 1oz LIMITED Silver Coin

Only 5.000 of these special coins were issued by Perth Mint!
This silver proof coin is dedicated to the famous Charles Darwin.

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Country Tuvalu
Year 2009
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 1
Metal Silver
Fineness 999/1000
Weight 1oz - 31,1g
Diameter 40,6 mm
Thickness 4 mm
Mintage 5000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $92.43
Coin Story

With a legacy equal to that of Galileo, Newton and Einstein, Charles Darwin is considered to be one of the most influential scientific thinkers of all time. His remarkable explanation for the incredible variety of living things - that evolution is driven by natural selection - is one of the two cornerstones of all of modern biology (along with Gregor Mendel's theory of genetics). A group of organizations across the world is celebrating the life and legacy of Charles Darwin through an initiative, based in the United Kingdom, called Darwin200. The celebrations are centered on the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth on 12 February 1809, but began in July 2008 by commemorating 150 years since Darwin first presented his theory to fellow scientists. Darwin200 events will continue until the end of November 2009, which is the 150th anniversary of the first publication of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

Reverse Design

A bust portrait of Charles Darwin in his sixties, facing 3/4 right, is superimposed on a bust portrait of the scientific genius in at age 30, in full color. To the right, the survey bark HMS Beagle, which carried Darwin around the world. Below is a reproduction of Darwin's signature, while to the right of HMS Beagle one can find the Perth Mint's "P" mint mark. The legend reads CHARLES DARWIN • 200TH BIRTHDAY • 12 FEBRUARY 2009.

Obverse Design

Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


The 200th Anniversary Charles Darwin silver coin is encapsulated inside a handsome brown leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and beige satin, and protected by a color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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