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Its reverse features a small-scale reproduction of the lost-then-found astrolabe, cast in silver and bronze plated fixed atop Samuel de Champlain's map of New France (1632). The astrolabe's graduated scale encircles the map, which has been re-created using a mix of traditional and laser engraving that gets all the details right. The end result is a design that perfectly channels the spirit of the era in which the astrolabe was made, used… and lost!
- Limited mintage of only 1,000 coins.
- Contains 5 oz of .9999 fine Silver.
- Comes packaged in a black clamshell beauty box from the mint.
- Obverse: Right-facing profile of Queen Elizabeth II, along with the year and face value.
- Reverse: The reverse design features a reproduction of the 17th century mariner's astrolabe found near Cobden, Ontario, and popularly associated with French explorer-cartographer Samuel de Champlain. Used to determine latitude, the navigational tool-turned-treasure is cast in silver and bronze plated on this coin; it is backed by an engraved reproduction of Champlain's hand-drawn map of New France (1632), which is framed by the astrolabe's graduated scale.
- Guaranteed by the Royal Canadian Mint.
An extraordinary showcase of two historical treasures that symbolize the spirit of discovery. Add this one of a kind Champlain and the Astrolabe coin to your cart today!
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