Fourteen issues in and CIT’s long-running meteorite coin series still continues to impress in a big way. We can’t imagine that this European producer thought the idea of affixing a genuine meteorite fragment to a coin woiuld have been so successful, spawning many imitators as it has, but here we are almost a decade and a half later, still enjoying new releases. Progress hasn’t stood still however, and they continue to push what’s possible with the genre.
First thing to remember as we look at this coin, is that it’s formed from just half an ounce of silver. A full 38.6 mm in diameter and with more twists and turns than a twisty-turny thing, it’s still just 15.5 grams of silver – quite incredible. Two years ago, CIT issued a Tamdakht meteorite coin that for the first time, used an impacted strike to simulate the puncturing of the coin face by the meteorite fragment. A year later, the Chergach meteorite was used to enhance the effect by making the crater deeper, but keeping the same formula. This years issue is out of the ballpark in comparison.
Looking almost like a spacial anomaly instead of an impact crater, the shape of this coin must have given BH Mayer plenty of headaches during die development. Different to a classic dimensional coin in that this one is essentially a standard blank taken to the extreme, you’ve got to be in awe of what has been achieved here. The continued use of an impact ‘tear’ at the base of the crater is a cool touch. There have been compromises. The level of relief on the surface of the coin is lower than before, for obvious reasons, but it’s still packed with detail that enhances the impression of a catastrophic impact and the resulting shockwave.