Big and Little Bear Constellation Coins Palladium
The Big and Little Bear Constellation Coins Palladium issued by the Canadian Royal Mint was a limited issue of only 1200 coins world wide.
This will make them somewhat of a rarity in the coin enthusiasts world.
As per the Canadian Royal Mint, "Since time immemorial, stars have been a source of inspiration and legend for people throughout the world. In the Northern Hemisphere, early civilizations were mystified by two easily identifiable constellations that astronomers commonly refer to today as Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. Ancient peoples believed these stars were wagons or plows, chariots or drinking gourds. Despite the fact that many of these cultures were oceans apart, a surprising number of them were sure they saw bears twinkling in the night sky.
Some say the ancient Greeks believed Big Bear (Ursa Major) was actually a beautiful nymph named Callisto, who was turned into a bear by Zeus to shield her from his jealous wife Hera. But one day, as Callisto’s son Arcas was hunting in the woods, Callisto almost became his prey. Zeus, watching from above, acted quickly and turned Arcas into a bear also, and yanked them both up into the sky by their tails, causing the bears’ tails to become stretched forever as they hang in the sky.
As the earth completes its annual orbit around the sun, the positions of Big and Little Bear will change with the seasons, but they are always visible from Canada, ready to fuel the imagination as people gaze towards the night sky.
The Coin Specifications are:
Mintage: 1,200 coins worldwide (4 versions combined)
Composition: 99.95% pure palladiumReverse: Four versions of the coin show the Big Bear and Little Bear constellations above a conceptual Canadian forest in spring, summer, autumn and winter. Each constellation is depicted as it would appear when viewed from the nation’s capital, Ottawa (Ontario).
Finish: specimen (with laser enhancement on the reverse)
Weight (g): 31.16
Diameter (mm): 34
Face value: $50
Artist: Colin Mayne
Obverse: Effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
The Big and Little Bear Constellation Coins Palladium would make an attractive and valuable addition to any coin enthusiasts collection!
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