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The 15th and 16th century explorations by famous explorers during this era paved the way for the world as it is today. The new found lands during this Age of Discovery are commemorated in beautiful detail on this Proof Gold domed coin, based on historic and rare maps of the period.
- Extremely limited mintage of 750 coins worldwide.
- Contains 1 oz of .9999 fine Gold.
- This is the fourth Gold domed coin to be released from the Royal Australian Mint, and the second and final in the 2018 Gold Terrestrial Domed series.
- Each coin comes in a case with an outer box, and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
- Obverse: The Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II along with the year and face value.
- Reverse: Features depictions of the Western Hemisphere, inspired by a 1626 map by English cartographer John Speed. The historic map depicts key discoveries in the Western Hemisphere, by famous explorers such as Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Sir Francis Drake and Thomas Candish.
- Sovereign coin backed by the Australian government.
The first coin in this series, the 1812 Map of the World Eastern Hemisphere, sold out at the Mint within the first two weeks of the product's release! This limited mintage Gold domed coin completes the two-coin Terrestrial Domed series with its unparalleled, intricate detailing. It is uniquely suited for history buffs, gift-givers and investment enthusiasts alike. Add the 2018 1 oz Gold Proof $100 Map of the World - Western Hemisphere Domed coin to your cart today!
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The earliest known maps date back to the 6th and 5th century B.C., assuming the flat Earth conception. World maps assuming a spherical Earth later appeared during the Hellenistic period. During the Age of Exploration, maps became increasingly accurate as explorers began to explore and discover new lands. Maps have been, and continue to be necessary tools to navigate the world and stir imagination for further exploration.
Christopher Columbus first sailed for "the Indies", which he believed was South Asia and East Asia in 1492. He instead reached an island after a five-week voyage, which is the present-day Bahamas. He also explored present-day Cuba and Hispaniola. His second voyage sighted various islands in the Caribbean, along with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in 1493. Finding the hypothesized continent of South America was Columbus's mission for his third voyage. He sighted Trinidad in 1498 and made landfall in present-day Venezuela, touching mainland South America. His fourth and final voyage involved exploring Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer, organized the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Beginning in 1519, they sailed for South America and reached present-day Brazil. His expedition was completed without him, due to his death mid-voyage. Sir Francis Drake led the second circumnavigation of the Earth in a single voyage, beginning in 1577. He helped claim present-day California for the English. Thomas Cavendish, also spelled Candish, departed England in 1586 and reached present-day Chile six months later.
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