IOM Greenwich Meridian Line 2000 Silver Proof Crown Coin Unc
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ISLE OF MAN
Greenwich Meridian Line
2000 LIMITED MINTAGE SILVER PROOF COMMEMORATIVE CROWN COIN
ACCOMPANIED BY BOOKLET WHICH TELLS THE STORY OF THE GREENWICH MERIDIAN AND WHOSE LAST PAGE IS CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY
IN ORIGINAL SPECIAL BOX FROM MINT
ENCASED IN CLEAR PLASTIC PROTECTIVE CAPSULE FROM MINT
BEAUTIFUL REEDED EDGE
This coin at 36.8 mm in diamter is much larger than both USA quarter (24.26 mm in diameter) and USA half dollar (30.61 mm in diameter).
• Legal tender coin of the Isle of Man
• Silver coin is struck four times to achieve the legendary Pobjoy ‘Proof’ finish
Truly unique proof silver crown containing an embedded piece of brass from the original Greenwich Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory.
For over a century, a brass strip set in the courtyard of the Royal Obervatory in Greenwich marked the meridian line -zero degrees longitude. In 1998, as part of the Millenium celebrations, a new line was laid down and the old brass line was taken up, melted down and drawn into a thin wire. Then the Isle of Man struck just 10,000 proof Sterling Silver crowns with a superb reverse design displaying the Observatory clock encircled by the date of every century since 1000 - each coin bearing a piece of the old wire mounted in its centre - to create superb millennium mementos.
As birthplace of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, Greenwich is the setting for some of Europe's finest architecture. Home to an outstanding collection of beautiful and historic buildings designed by Inigo Jones and Sir Christopher Wren, Greenwich was officially designated a World Heritage Site in 1997. The Old Royal Observatory jewel of this World Heritage Site, has been the home of world time since 1884. Prior to that date, almost every town in the world kept its own local time, There were no national or international conventions which set how time should be measured, or when the day would begin or end, or even what length an hour might be. With the vast expansion of railways and communications networks during the 1850's and 1860's the worldwide need for an international time standard became imperative. The Greenwich Meridian was chosen as the Prime Meridian of the world in 1884. 41 delegates form 21 nations met in Washington, DC for the International Meridian Conference. By the end of the conference, Greenwich had won the prize of longitude 0 degrees by a vote of 22:1 against Santo Domingo with two abstentions (France and Brazil). There were two main reasons for the choice. The first was the fact that the USA had already chosen Greenwich as the basis for its own national time zone. The second was that in the late 19th century, 72 percent of the world's commerce depended upon sea transport which used Greenwich as a prime Meridian.
You can read about the rest of the history of the Greenwich Meridian Line in the booklet that comes with this beautiful proof silver crown.
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Reverse: Old Royal Observatory Clock Face Embedded With A Brass Strip From The Original Prime Meridian
This truly remarkable coin is one that collectors and historians of all ages will be eager to own. Add it to your collection today!
Approved by Buckingham Palace the obverse of each coin carries a fine effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS FSNAD.
This coin is struck to the highest PROOF quality. The design on each coin is in relief with a glorious mirror-finish background.
Coin Specifications:Metal: 925 SILVER Face Value: 1 CROWN Diameter: 38.60 mm Weight of Coin: 28.28 gmsWeight of Brass Line: 0.127 gms
Issue Limit 10,000
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