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Australia Crux

2012 Proof Five Dollar reverse 2012 Proof Five Dollar obverse

2012 Proof Five Dollar

Reverse Designer:RAM Design Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:40mm Weight:31.1g Edge:Reeded Composition:99.9% Silver


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In 2012 and 2013 the Royal Australian Mint released two silver five dollar coins that focused on a different constellation in the Southern Sky. This piece features the Crux constellation which is perhaps better known by its colloquial name, the Southern Cross. The reverse was designed by A. Baggio and features a coloured sky against the constellation with a legend stating "SOUTHERN SKY - RA 12h 30m 00s - CRUX - DEC - 60 00' 00." The obverse houses the standard Ian Rank-Broadley Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012" and the denomination "5 DOLLARS".

The Southern Cross is known as Crux to astronomers. It is located near to the South Celestial Pole which means that it is almost always visible from anywhere in Australia. (Fred Watson, 2017) Crux was visible in Ancient Greece and formed part of the Greek constellation Centaurus. The constellation has not been visible in Greece for over a thousand years as the earths axis has slowly shifted. Indigenous Australians have developed a number of stories that surround the constellation. For the Noongar people of Western Australia the crux is seen as five children who have fled when a spear was thrown at them. To the people of the the central desert the Southern Cross is the footprint of a wedge-tailed eagle.

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