International Astronomical Union (IAU) Officially Thanks the Mint for its 2009 International Year of Astronomy Sterling Silver Coin

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The Royal Canadian Mint is honoured to have received a Certificate of Appreciation from the IAU in recognition of our "commitment and outstanding contribution to the success of the International Year of Astronomy in Canada". 

In July 2009, the Mint was proud to add its own $30 sterling silver International Year of Astronomy coin to the constellation of numismatic tributes to this global celebration of the field of astronomy. Our collector coin features an observatory surrounded by outer space icons such as a galaxy, a comet and the planet Saturn.  These shimmering objects stand out against the painted background of a starry night sky appearing blue on the horizon and gradually darkening to black. This eye-catching design is the work of Toronto artist Colin Mayne.

Only a few months remain before the selling window for this exceptional 2009 collector coin closes.  The total mintage for this coin is 10,000, so get yours while you can!