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

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

$149.95 CAD
Mintage: 8,500
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.

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

Order your coin today!


Liked it and not


I was disappointed on the size of Opal that was used very tiny



A more quiet masterpiece.


This isn't the flashiest, most spectacular coin I've purchased from the Mint; the "action" is in a sky window at the top of the coin, with the rest being a nice but not startlingly original view inside an observatory. But maybe that's the point: the true wonders are outside, up in the heavens. The colors and design of the sky are lovely, and the coin has an increasingly common feature, something non-metallic applied to its surface - in this case, glass with a fragment of opal, an imaginative choice. It took me a while to figure out that the glow-in-the-dark feature is only apparent after you darken the room and shine a bright light on the coin, but once you see it, it's very impressive. (It would be great if the coin glowed on its own, but since that would generally require radioactivity, it ain't gonna happen - unless the Mint finds a way to harness bioluminescence!) Some other coins have been more eye-popping, more detailed and colorful, but that's not necessarily the key feature of a masterpiece; the paintings of Vermeer, for instance, are pretty sedate. I gave this coin five stars because I honestly couldn't think of a single change which would improve it (other than the radioactivity thing, which has obvious downsides). It has an elegant beauty. And I must once again observe that the Royal Canadian Mint is putting ours (here in the States) to shame.


Boston, MA (USA)


Very little glow


The details of this coin are nice. However when I first got this coin I agree with the other commentator that the Crystal actually looks like it was almost glued on. I would expect that such a fine quality of art would actually have the crystal imbedded in such a way to make it look as if it was part of the coin instead of an "after - thought." In addition I tried leaving the coin out in regular light for a few minutes and then placed it in a dark environment but failed to see any glow in the dark features that are described. I have bought many coins from Royal Canadian mint which are excellent but unfortunately this is about average for me.

Northwest collector

Idaho, USA








Unique coin coloration


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!

An avid collector

Guelph, Ontario.


Great coin


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


New York


An outstanding coin!


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.

little pound

Surrey, BC Canada


Good idea poor execution


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.

Rider guy 340

North Battleford, SK


Very nice choice to make


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


Canton, PA


Beatiful glow I the dark!


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

Momma T

Edmonton Canada


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

4.2 15


how many years will a glow in the dark coin keep glowing in the dark, does it need sunlight for hours upon it? is the radium~? based glow need to be kept in the protective clear casing , considering a youthful novice opens it..


Hi Emerald! The glow-in-the-dark effect is said to have a glow duration of approximately 10 years. It doesn't need constant UV on it, but when you do want to see the glow effect, you need to "charge" it with a UV/sunlight/halogen source for 10-15 seconds.

Jamie (Product Team)

I recently bought a $20. coin from your mint and was surprised at its size. Why can I not find the dimensions of your coins on your web site?


Hi Brian - the dimension of every coin we product is listed on the product page under the section on the right side of the page called "Specifications". In this case the diameter is 38 mm.


Is this series awaiting the release of its 3rd and final coin? And if not when will it be released? Thanks!


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



  • No.149878
  • Mintage8,500
  • 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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