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1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Opal – Mintage: 8,500 (2016)

 
$149.95 CAD
Mintage: 8500
Canada and US only

Opal surrounded by colourful sparkling wisps and glow-in-the-dark luminescence! Order today!

Spotting a supernova is incredibly rare, and in 1995, the observatory at Saint Mary's University in Halifax earned itself an enviable distinction when two Canadian astronomers discovered a supernova in a galaxy 70 million light years away! This breathtaking coin captures the magic of the event with a borosilicate glass insert. The globule is so refined, it's like gazing through a telescope, with a one-of-a-kind view that can only be created with handcrafted artistry.

Second coin in the star gazing series, an ideal gift for someone who loves the stars! Order yours today!

Special features:
  • WORLD'S FIRST! Opal surrounded by colourful sparkling wisps and glow-in-the-dark luminescence! Your coin includes a handcrafted borosilicate glass insert and embedded in the glass is a small piece of an opal.
  • EACH GLASS PIECE IS A UNIQUE PIECE OF ART! An unforgettable combination of detailed engraving and vibrant colour, with a handcrafted borosilicate glass insert combined with glow-in-the-dark glass that makes each coin truly unique!
  • ADDED LUMINESCENCE within the glass captures the lights and colours associated with a supernova—a stunning effect that also adds a shine to the reverse's star-filled sky.
  • An outstanding keepsake for stargazers, astronomers, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who has ever marvelled at the beautiful mysteries of the universe.
  • A celebration of the Burke-Gaffney Observatory's distinction as one in a select group of observatories to have discovered a supernova, which is a source of pride for the passionate stargazers of Atlantic Canada.
  • Your coin is GST/HST exempt and has a limited mintage worldwide.

About the Design:
The engraved reverse by Canadian artist Joel Kimmel re-creates the dome of the Burke-Gaffney Observatory located at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where a student looks through the observatory's telescope. Against the softly coloured glow of a clear, star-filled night sky, a unique glass insert captures the otherworldly beauty of a supernova crafted by borosilicate artist Loïc Beaumont-Tremblay. The crystal-clear globule of boro glass contains an opal that represents the dying star, which is meticulously positioned over a darkly coloured background and surrounded by wisps of swirled glass and glow-in-the-dark colours. There is a remarkably luminous quality to the insert that conveys this stellar explosion of light and energy, which could easily outshine the glow of its own galaxy—even if only temporarily.

Packaging:
Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.

Order your coin today!

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1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Opal – Mintage: 8500 (2016)
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Displays well (6)
  • Mint condition (6)
  • Authentic (5)
  • Detailed (5)
  • Rare (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Hobby (10)
  • Adults (7)
  • Lifetime (7)
  • Memorabilia (5)
  • Older children (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Collector (8), Working parent (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

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4.0

Unique coin coloration

By An avid collector

from Guelph, Ontario.

About Me Collector

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Authentic
  • Displays Well
  • Mint Condition

Cons

  • A Little Pricey

Best Uses

  • Adults
  • Hobby
  • Lifetime
  • Older Children
  • Teens

Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Opal – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

This is a coin that displays well, in the right light to catch the Opal. As well as glow-in-the-dark technology, the Opal makes the coin "pop" with vibrant colors when moved in different lighting. It would make a nice addition to anyone's collection. Another fine quality example of the Mint's constant focus on new technology when creating new coins. It's coins like this that keeps the Mint recognized as one of The top producers of fine coins around the World. Keep up the great work!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Great coin

By tollman

from New York

About Me Collector

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

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      • Hobby

      Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Opal – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

      My wife wanted the coin and she thinks it is great.

       
      5.0

      An outstanding coin!

      By little pound

      from Surrey, BC Canada

      About Me Grandparent

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Detailed
      • Displays Well
      • Mint Condition
      • Rare

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Hobby
        • Lifetime
        • Memorabilia

        Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Opal – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

        It is an outstanding coin...a gift for my grandson. I know he will just love it! A unique coin to add to his collection.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Good idea poor execution

        By Rider guy 340

        from North Battleford, SK

        About Me Collector, Working Parent

        Pros

        • Detailed
        • Unique

        Cons

        • Poor Presentation

        Best Uses

        • Young Children

        Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Opal – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

        I bought the subscription to this series after watching the video on making the opal that is placed on the coin. When I received the coin it wasn't quite what I expected it to look like. It looks like someone just glued a blob of glass on top of a coin. I guess I thought it would be set in or flatter but it's just a blob on a coin. The first coin with the black background is the nicest one so far but I'm not blown away by them. I guess I'll wait until the third one is released to see if I like it or I cancel the subscription. Also as someone else mentioned there is no display case with them, and the capsule is too tall to fit in the fancy coin case I just got from the mint. A case should be included with any series that the mint offers as a subscription.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very nice choice to make

        By Tom

        from Canton, PA

        About Me Grandparent

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Mint Condition

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Adults
        • Hobby

        Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Opal – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

        This is a very nice combo stone, coin.. Much more t.han I expected.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beatiful glow I the dark!

        By Momma T

        from Edmonton Canada

        About Me Collector, Working Parent

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Authentic
        • cool
        • Detailed
        • Displays Well
        • Mint Condition
        • Rare

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adults
          • Hobby
          • Lifetime
          • Memorabilia
          • Older Children
          • Teens

          Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Opal – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

          I bought one previously and my BF liked it so much I got him one for Christmas

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The Universe in an Opal

          By Charlie

          from Fort Macleod, AB

          About Me Collector

          Verified Reviewer

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              • Hobby
              • Lifetime

              Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Opal – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

              Beautiful coin. I enjoy admiring the universe in an opal. I discovered that the ultraviolet light I received buying another coin really brings out the glow in the dark.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Took my breath away

              By MissTee

              from Vancouver, BC

              About Me Collector

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Authentic
              • Displays Well

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Adults
                • Hobby
                • Older Children
                • Teens

                Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Opal – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

                This coin's glow in the dark feature is almost ethereal. It's like owning a small piece of your own night sky. The glass piece is beautifully detailed in daylight, and turns into a streak of bright green in the dark, along with the deep blue of the sky and glowing stars. One of my favourite coins.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Beautiful in the dark

                By Momma T

                from Edmonton, AB, Canada

                About Me Education Oriented, Working Parent

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Authentic
                • Detailed
                • Displays Well
                • Mint Condition
                • Rare

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Adults
                  • Hobby
                  • Lifetime
                  • Memorabilia
                  • Older Children

                  Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Opal – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

                  Buying this as a gift as it was well liked when I showed it to friends. Love the look especially in the dark when it glows ?

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Beautiful coin!

                  By Dan and Yvonne

                  from North York

                  About Me Collector

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Detailed
                  • Displays Well
                  • Mint Condition

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Adults
                    • Hobby
                    • Lifetime
                    • Memorabilia

                    Comments about 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Opal – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

                    The name of the first coin in the set was the Universe. The book called the second one The Observatory but when it came in the box it was labelled The Universe. Confusing.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                      Is this series awaiting the release of its 3rd and final coin? And if not when will it be released? Thanks!
                      Asked on 12/6/2015 by Catcoins from Adelaide, Australia

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                        The third and final coin in this series is tentatively planned for the second quarter of 2016.

                        Answered on 12/7/2015 by Anonymous
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                    Specifications

                    • No.149878
                    • Mintage8500
                    • Composition99.99% pure silver
                    • Finishproof, colour and borosilicate glass
                    • Weight (g) 31.39
                    • Diameter (mm) 38
                    • Edgeserrated
                    • Certificateserialized
                    • Face value20 dollars
                    • ArtistJoel Kimmel and Loïc Beaumont-Tremblay (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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