This innovative $5 dome-shaped coin features the Southern Cross spanning the coin as a celestial image and is framed by a rim featuring a compass design. It is a truly unique representation of the Crux constellation, which is otherwise known as the Southern Cross which is one of the smallest and brightest of the 88 modern constellations and is one of the most visible features of the southern sky.
This beautiful $5 coin acknowledges the significance of the Crux constellation, an image that is present on the flags of Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Samoa. It also played a crucial role as the symbol of the Eureka rebellion and subsequent Battle of the Eureka Stockade, an event in our history which was the culmination of democratic agitation in the Ballarat region during the Victorian gold rush era.
For centuries this constellation has served as a navigational beacon for sailors and is one of the easiest to identify in the night sky.
The coin is packaged in a rubber-laminate tin enabling the coin to be lifted vertically for presentation purposes.