APMEX Presents Exclusive Icons of Inspiration Series

These Depict Galileo with a Telescope, His Famous Innovation

Icons of Inspiration Series

OKLAHOMA CITY (February 15, 2021) – APMEX’s latest industry-exclusive series will feature a beautiful design depicting an iconic innovator. The Icons of Inspiration series will include both 1 oz Gold and Silver coins designed by Renaissance Artist Joel Iskowitz.

The first release in this exciting series features the Italian philosopher, astronomer and mathematician, Galileo Galilei. These 1 oz coins have limited mintages of 100 Gold, 100 Proof Silver and 10,000 BU Silver.

Designed by Joel Iskowitz, the obverse depicts Galileo holding a refracting telescope, one of his most famous innovations, alongside a globe and the moon. A rendition of his signature is below. While the reverse features a triumphant image of a muse, arm extended toward the sun, with the seal of the nation of Niue, the $5 face value, and the date.

“Over my four decades as a narrative artist, I have had the opportunity to create some unique designs for coins and medals. But the opportunity to create images of some of the greatest inventors, artists and philosophers in the history of humankind is a wonderful challenge for me. In the Icons of Inspiration series, I am memorializing some of the most well-respected people who ever lived –  like Galileo and Da Vinci. The designs that I create to honor their great achievements will be treasured by thousands of collectors around the world, because of the hard work and dedication of the people of APMEX. They are a wonderful partner. Working with APMEX allows my fluent language of creativity to be represented by the highest standards of the minter’s art,” said Iskowitz.

Iskowitz’s extensive portfolio includes 14 Congressional Gold Medals, 10 First Spouse Gold coins, and eight America the Beautiful Quarter designs. He has also created eight Silver and Clad Commemorative coins, five American Eagle Platinum Proof coins, four Presidential Dollars, and one Lincoln Cent reverse. He continues to create medallic art for non-profit foundations, governmental and private sector mints.

The Gold and Proof Silver coins come in an Icons of Inspiration presentation sleeve with a custom box inside. Minimal numbers are available with a hand-signed certificate of authenticity by the artist.

“To be able to work with Joel has been an honor. The vision he has created for this program is truly incredible, and the execution is even more impressive. We are delighted to be able to offer this exclusive program in BU Silver, Proof Silver and Gold, as well as limited edition signed versions,” says Michael Steinhardt, Divisional Merchandise Manager at APMEX.

Visit www.apmex.com/icons-of-inspiration to learn more.



Since opening our doors in 2000, APMEX remains one of the largest sources in the Precious Metals industry. Over the last two decades, we have sold more than $11 billion in Gold, Silver, and other Precious Metals in more than 60 countries around the world. For additional information, visit APMEX.com or call (800) 375-9006.