2015 1 oz Cook Islands $100 Gold Armillary Coin Valcambi
One ounce of .9999 fine Gold, One truly unique design! This incredible 1 oz coin is in the shape of an armillary sphere. If you have no idea what that means, you are not alone!
Here’s what we learned about the armillary sphere. It was originally invented as a way to model objects in the heavens, using circular rings to represent latitude and longitude. When armillary spheres were first used thousands of years ago, no one was sure how the planets and stars moved, so some armillary spheres put the sun in the center, others have the earth as the center. All the way through medieval times, before telescopes were invented, the armillary sphere was an important tool used by astronomers to study the heavens. Nowadays, you can see ancient armillary spheres in museums around the world. If you are really curious to learn more, check out this nerdy but really interesting videofrom the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, England.
If you love gold, and you’d like to own a representation of this fascinating piece of scientific history, Kitco offers the 1 oz fine gold Armillary Sphere coin from Valcambi.
- Net Weight (precious metal content): 1 oz t
- Diameter: 55 mm
- Thickness: 0.85 mm
- Fineness: 0.9999
- Condition: Uncirculated
- Face Value: $100 USD
- Year: 2015