Year of Planet Gold
Federal Mint Swissmint has
launched a new Swiss commemorative gold coin
entitled "International Year of Planet Earth
2008." The 11.29 gram coin is sold in proof
quality only, limited in issuance to 6,000 and
is priced at CHF 440.00 (~$423.00 US).
The 60th United Nations General Assembly in New
York proclaimed this year to be the United
Nations International Year of Planet Earth, with
a goal "to show, in a unique and inspiring
manner, how earth sciences can help future
generations measure up to the challenge of
creating a safer and more prosperous world." The
new Swiss coin is dedicated to these actions.
In a release statement for the coin, Federal
Mint Swissmint wrote:
The United Nations have declared the year 2008
as the "International Year of Planet Earth".
World-wide activities on the subject of earth
sciences will be co-ordinated by UNESCO, the
International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)
and other UN organisations.
What do earth sciences mean to our society? How
does the exploration of the earth contribute
towards a safer and wealthier world?
Geophysicists and scientists will be looking
into the answers to these questions during the
years 2007 – 2009.
In Switzerland, the Science et Cité Foundation
and the Swiss Academy for Natural Sciences are
organising BaseCamp09, a road show that will
visit six Swiss cities and is intended for the
general public. The BaseCamp consists of a basic
exhibition on environmental changes and explains
the work of the research community. BaseCamp09
visitors will experience the gradual climate
change with their own eyes and ears.
The designer of the "International Year of
Planet Earth" gold coin is artist Claude Sandoz
from Lucerne, who has a wealth of experience in
designing coin motifs from past projects for
Swissmint. For the Planet Earth, he places
mankind in the centre of three globes. The Earth
lays at man’s feet and one stands on his head.
Man also carries it gently in his hands. The
gold coin with a face value of 50 Swiss francs
is available in "proof coin" minting quality.
The proceeds form the sale will go to promote
cultural projects throughout Switzerland.
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