Meteorite coins continue to be released on a regular basis, although at a slower pace than a couple of years ago, and continue to enjoy a high standard of design and quality. While the modern take on the genre, the coins with an inset fragment of actual meteorite material, was initiated by Coin Invest Trust (CIT), others such as MCI and the Mint of Poland have also released a great selection over the last half-decade or so.
It’s the Mint of Poland’s excellent ultra high-relief series that we’re looking at here and this is the fifth coin to debut in the range. Launched in 2014 with an excellent Canyon Diablo coin, it quickly sold out and made the series one to watch. Carrying a kind of gnarly look, the appearance certainly lended itself well to suggesting a meteorite impact had taken place on the coin face, helped by the fragment placed in the centre of the shock wave. Rimless, antique-finished and with a 666 mintage, the coin predictably sold out.
After Wolfe Creek in 2015, Popigai in 2016 and Gosses Bluff last year, we head to Canada for Pingualuit and the look of this one is instantly recognisable. The mint hasn’t been afraid to experiment with finishes, having tried copper-plating previously, but the coloured antique finish used on the 2018 issue is certainly new. Meant to replicate the icy environment that this isolated strike site sits in no doubt, it’s an appropriate look for this subject. The obverse features the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by a rock-texture border. It’s also blue-antiqued.
This has always been a favourite series of ours, although we do like the genre as a whole, so no surprise there. It stands alongside CIT’s even longer running series and some fine efforts by Numiscollect, as coins that astronomy nuts should really want in a collection. At an ounce of fine silver in weight, they’re not too high-end to be unaffordable, but meteorite fragments are hardly bargain basement items, so it’s unfair to expect this to be a bottom end item. The issuing distributor Pela Coins has them for sale, as do other of our sponsors who continue to do well with items from this impressive mint. Packaged in a wooden box inside a themed slip cover, the mintage remains at 666 pieces and a certificate of authenticity is included.