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2020/2021 Star Dreaming Coin Series - Emu in the Sky, The Seven Sisters & Beizam The Shark in the Stars 1/2oz Silver Unc Three Coin Set

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Emu in the Sky

The orientation of the emu constellation changes throughout the year. sometimes the emu appears to be running or sitting. This helped some tribes know whether it was emu hunting or egg collecting time. The Constellation is a silhouette traced by the dark spaces in the milky way, stretching from the Southern Cross to Sagittarius.

The Seven Sisters

The Yamaji people of the Murchison region in Western Australia, refer to the Seven Sister stars as Nyarluwarri in the Wajarri Language. The Songline of the seven sisters fleeing to the sky to escape a man who wants to take one as his wife is frequently depicted in Aboriginal paintings.

Beizam The Shark in the Stars

Torres Strait Dauareb elder, Segar Passi’s shark artwork is inspired by seven stars in the big dipper and big bear (Ursa Major) constellation which make up the body of a deep-sea predator. The shark’s position in the sky indicates when to plant crops and the timing of seasonal storms. Star dreaming is a three-coin series that showcases indigenous astronomical stories. As Melanesian sea-faring people, Torres Strait Islanders are custodians of country that spans 48,000 square kilometres of water and 250 plus islands including 14 that are inhabited. Their culture stretches back an estimated 8000 years, when at the end of the last Ice Age sea levels swamped the land bridge connecting Papua New Guinea and Australia.

The stars also inform islanders when they should go hunting for dugong and turtles and when to plant food crops like bananas. When the shark constellation appears in the north, islanders know it’s shark mating season.

The coins are limited to only 5,000 and comes with a display case and a numbered certificate of Authenticity.

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