This innovative glow-in-the-dark five ounce fine silver coin features an awe-inspiring portrait of the solar system. Black light technology adds a cool white light to the stars and intensifies the Sun’s gaseous glow, activated by the included RCM branded black light. Dotted with stars from the disk of our Milky Way galaxy, the engraved orbital pattern swirls around the colour elements. Mintage is limited to only 1,250. HST/GST exempt.
Designed by artist Neil Hamelin, the design features a partial view of the Sun opposite the eight planets, which are artfully arranged in order of distance from the sun (nearest to farthest): Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Did You Know?
The Sun is enormous, at least by our standards. It accounts for 99.8% of the solar system’s total mass, and we’re all bound by its gravitational force – the eight planets, five known dwarf planets (including Pluto), 200+ moons, and millions of asteroids, comets and meteoroids. Surprisingly, our Sun is just an average-sized star when you look beyond our solar system – Betelgeuse, a red giant in the Orion constellation, is 700 times larger and 7,000 to 14,000 times brighter than the Sun.