World’s FIRST coin featuring a combination of colour and glow paint along with a specially selected borosilicate fine art coloured glass! Each glass piece is a unique piece of art, crafted with a swirl of silver dust to create an image of the universe that is one-of-a-kind. Added luminescence in the coloUred sky captures the faint glow of the galaxy—a stunning effect that also shines from some of the stars.
Pondering the universe is as old as the ages. It’s the common thread that connects us to every civilization that has come before. And while today’s high-tech world has brought greater understanding, new questions always arise, eyes still gaze upwards on starry nights, and we still wonder, “Who are we? Why are we here?” There are numerous observatories around the world probing the universe to find answers to humanity’s ageless questions. Among them is the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic, Québec.
Canadian artist Loïc Beaumont-Tremblay has re-created the forested setting of the Mont-Mégantic Observatory beneath a clear, star-filled sky. A globule of borosilicate glass shines with a stunning image of the universe. The round, crystal-clear qualities of the glass are similar to peering through a telescope lens, and its luminescence further enhances the viewer’s experience of gazing into the galaxy.
A unique celebration of Canada’s status as the firstnation to possess an officially recognized dark skyreserve, a distinction that is a source of pride forQuebecers, particularly those living in the blackoutregion of Mont-Mégantic.