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Unsual and Very Rare Silver Limited Edition Coin
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2004 Congo LIBERIA SILVER 10 Dollars Time is Money Sundial Coin (Very Rare)


  • CountryLiberia
    Face value10 Dollars
    MetalSilver .925
    Weight25 g
    Size38.61 mm

    The sundial coin - it shows only your sunny hours...
    Archaeological discoveries show that Sundials have been used in Babylon since the second Millennium B.C. and were known as ‘Gnomone’. The principle of the Sundial was simple: it involved placing a stick into the ground and allowing the movement of the shadow of sunlight to reflect the time from sunrise to sunset. In Egypt an obelisk shadow was used to show the time elapsed during a sunny day. 

    Sundials were also widely utilised by the Greeks and Romans and remained in use until the 18th Century. The Sundial was available in several different forms including table Sundials or the common pocket Sundial. Such Sundials were manufactured with a compass (to verify the direction of south) so as to ensure the accuracy of the setting. Sundials on walls have come to be seen as famous European art works and are still functioning today, but not changeable to summertime!

    Some interesting considerations about the sundial: 
    1 hour is equal to 15 degrees, therefore 24 hours is equal to a full 360 degrees. However, owing to changes in the speed of the earth, the rate at which the sundial ‘moves’ can vary up to 16 minutes. In explanation, by the middle of February the sundial is 15 minutes behind but advances by 16 minutes by the end of October or early November. This means that the accuracy of our watches on modern time keeping technology is affected. 

    For example, it is thought that watches are only fully accurate on April 13th, June 13th, August 31st and December 24th. On all other days, deviations in accuracy occur. This may be seen as an encouraging thought for those who choose to ‘take their time’!

    No Longer available at the mint - Limited Edition coin
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