As the title of this post hints, there were lot of countries involved in this worldwide celebration during 2009, which was the 400th anniversary of both the discovery of telescope for astronomical observation by Galileo Galilei and the publication of “Astronomia Nova” by Johannes Kepler. These were the reasons which were prominent in specifying 2009 as the IYA.
Therefore many countries took part in different projects and they didn’t stop from that, and went on further by issuing commemorative material to cherish the IYA2009. There were books, coins. stamps, medallions and many more. I’ve focused here on the coins and numismatic issues that have been issued in commemoration of IYA2009
Michelangelo on the reverse side together with some astronomical equipment, used during 17th century which was the Galilean era. More information can be found here.
IYA2009 Czech coins here.
Yurii Drohobych who was an eminent Ukrainian astronomer, lived during the 15th century. More information could be read here.
This set of coins contains issued by Romania in celebration of International Year of Astronomy 2009 comes with elegant numismatic markup, together with a medallion issued for the same cause. This medallion is made up of silver and looks gorgeous as below.
The obverse side of this medal presents the official logo of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and the inscription "ANUL INTERNATIONAL AL ASTRONOMIEI ROMANIA 2009" which is translated to "International Year of Astronomy 2009 ROMANIA.
Check out more details here.
Hungarian Numismatic Society was instrumental when it comes to the issuance of this elegant medallion. The obverse, which is to your left, resemble the Hungarian version of IYA209 official logo. On the other hand you can see the figure of Jeno Gothard who was famous Hungarian astronomer, whose spectrum-related discoveries are significant in the history of astronomy. More information could be found here.
Well, that’s it. I think you had a whole lot of reading. Though I didn’t intend to extend this post to such a degree, I had to do it for the purpose of completeness, I believe there are some other countries that have had IYA2009 related numismatic issues. If you happen to know of such a country, please feel free to share it with comments, so that I can include that as well in this blog post.
Especially for astro-numismatists, I leave this IYA2009-Coin blog link to explore more news about astronomy and numismatic issues. Go ahead and collect them all. I’m sure Ebay will help you a lot in ordering these numismatic stuff. Even I, myself ordered the Ukrainian IYA2009 coin for $11.