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Sunday, May 3, 2009

IYA Coins Issued by Australia

I just thought of making available some information on IYA coins, that have been issued by Australia back in 2008, as they have not received some reputation. This post will give you some idea of those coins.

IYA 2009 Coins issued ny Australia

In fact two coins were launched by Australian Royal Mint on 7th November 2008, as an effort to highlight IYA 2009 events, which were coming alongside the International Year of Astronomy, in collaboration with the 400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope.

Janine Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint was quoted saying "In 2009 the world celebrates the exploration of our universe. It marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s first use of the telescope and recognizes his revolutionary discoveries that began modern astronomy"IYA 2009 Coins issued ny Australia
The numismatic collection was really a boost for the IYA 2009 as it needs much reputation.
Other countries are encouraged to launch IYA 2009 stamps to promote astronomy and International Year of Astronomy in general.

Out of both coins, $ 1 coin features CSIRo's Parkes radio telescope known as "The Dish" whereas the 20-cent illustrates a star-gazing amateur astronomer, who is ina background, filled with stars and constellation.

Go here if you want to order the coins online.

The following image shows you the Astrophotographer David Malin and Director of the Anlgo-Australian Observatory, Professor Matthew Colless, at the launch of the IYA coins.
IYA 2009 Australian coins being officially launched

More info available here : IYA2009 Coins of Australia