2022 William Hershel: 02 Southern Constellation of Grus – Crane £2 BU

Original price was: £18.50.Current price is: £9.00.

  • New coin celebrates British Astronomer Sir William Frederick Herschel
  • Issued on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory
  • 2022 Bi-Metal £2 Coin
  • Second coin in a new Southern Constellations five-coin £2 series
  • Issue Limit: 2,000
  • Available in a special colour presentation pack

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The second £2 coin in the series to commemorate 200 years since the death of British Astronomer Sir William Herschel.

Sir William Frederick Herschel was a German-born British astronomer famously known for constructing the first large telescope in 1774 but, perhaps, his most important contribution to the science of astronomy was made in 1781 when he discovered the planet Uranus.  This discovery brought him overnight fame and he was appointed Court Astronomer and knighted by King George III.

The design on the second coin features the Grus Constellation which is represented by a Crane, the image of which is depicted on the design. The constellation itself is shown beneath the bird and a compass as it would read in Antarctica. Issued on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory the coin has been produced in Proof Fine Silver with Goldclad® and Bi-metal. The obverse of the coin features an effigy of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II produced exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.

William Herschel’s legacy and popularity only increased over the years after the many discoveries he made about the solar system. In the British Antarctic Territory the UK Antarctic Place Name Committee named Herschel Heights after the famous astronomer, with Enceladus Nunataks and Mimas peak also being named after the two satellites of Saturn, discovered by Herschel. To mark the bicentenary of Herschel’s death we are releasing a series of five coins each showing a constellation from the “Bayer Family”. This family of constellations are circumpolar which means that they are always fully visible from the British Antarctic Territory. Grus constellation lies in the southern sky and its name means “the crane” in Latin. Grus contains three stars brighter than magnitude 3.00 and one star located within 10 parsecs (32.6 light years) of Earth. Grus was one of the 12 constellations created by Dutch explorers in the late 16th century. In Greek Mythology the Grus was considered a sacred bird to the god Hermes.

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Weight 80 g





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