2021 1 oz Niue Icons of Inspiration - Galileo .9999 Gold BU Coin

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The first release in this new series featuring historical icons celebrates Galileo Galilei, famed scientist of the 16th century. The artwork and design is crafted by famed coin designer Joel Iskowitz and pays an elegant tribute to this scientific innovator.

Product Features
  • Contains 1 oz of .9999 fine Gold.
  • First release in a new series.
  • Limited mintage of only 100 coins.
  • Coins packaged in a presentation box with Certificate of Authenticity.
  • Obverse: Famed astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei holding a refracting telescope, one of his most famous innovations, alongside a globe and the moon. A rendition of his signature is below.
  • Reverse: a triumphant image of a muse, arm extended toward the sun, with the seal of the nation of Niue, the face value, and the date.
  • Coin designs created by famed coin designer Joel Iskowitz.

The first release in a new series of coins celebrating famous Icons of Inspiration through history features Galileo Galilei, one of the most famed innovators in scientific history. Galileo's achievements and discoveries are fundamental to our present understanding of the physical universe.

A scientist of many talents, Galileo is perhaps best known for his advancements in astronomy, especially the use of the the refracting telescope to better understand the cosmos - including observations of the moon, supernovae, and our solar system, discovering the four largest moons of Jupiter, still referred to as the Galilean moons, and the phases of Venus. His observations led him to champion Copernicus's heliocentric view of the solar system, at the time controversial but now known to be factual.

In addition to astronomy, Galileo achieved many other physical discoveries, including the laws of motion still fundamental to modern kinematics and a basic understanding of gravity based on the observation that bodies of unlike weights accelerate similarly in freefall. His practical contributions included research on conic sections to develop more accurate artillery aiming, the development of a thermometer based on fluid dynamics, and refinments to the design of the refracting telescope.
More Information
Year 2021
Metal Content Gold
Denomination $ 250
Purity 9999
Condition Brilliant Uncirculated
Country Niue
Mintage 100
Diameter (mm) 39
Series Icons of Inspiration
Box & Certificate Yes