2016 $20 The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Silver Fume - Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 623932075191

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Country: Canada
Year: 2016

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In the continuing quest to understand our universe, astronomers and astrophysicists with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) use the laws of physics and chemistry to explore the processes and phenomena that shape our galaxy, and beyond. This fine silver coin celebrates CanadaÕs spirit of innovation and discovery, as well as the Canadian facilities that are changing the way we define our world, our universe and ourselves.

The engraved reverse design by Canadian artist Ardell Bourgeois features a depiction of the NRC Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) near Penticton, British Columbia. Against the tree-lined mountain to the north, the 26-metre John A. Galt Telescope is pointed up to the sky to capture and transmit the radio wavelengths originating from space. The soft colours of the blue sky and light clouds provide a beautiful backdrop to the engraved building in the foreground, which is easily identified by the NRC-CNRC logo. Under lit conditions, the coloured sky masks a spectacular hidden feature: the presence of glow-in-the-dark stars, as they would appear in the night sky over the observatory. To the left, artist Lo•c Beaumont-Tremblay has handcrafted a lightweight yet resilient glass embellishment, which presents an artistic representation of a radio signal received by the telescope. Using a mix of glass and silver fume, the effect is achieved by working at extremely high temperatures in order to replicate the wave shape; the addition of luminescence also gives the wave a captivating glow, adding an otherworldly quality to this celebration of astrophysical achievement.

Luminescent elements within the glass add a captivating glow to the silver fume swirl, while the coloured sky hides another feature that reveals itself in the dark: glow-in-the-dark to recreate a night sky!


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Year: 2016

Diameter: 38mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Bullion Weight: 1.009 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: NRC Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO)
Artist: Ardell Bourgeois
Finish: Proof
Series: The Universe
Quantity Produced: 8500
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Canadian Architecture and Monuments

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