CIT launch innovative meteorite coin with unique impact crater through the coin

With no shortage of meteorite coins over the last few years, mints have to double down on innovation and quality to stand out. As one of the long term issuers of this type of coin, Coin Invest Trust know better than most that standing out from the crowd is the key to success and with this particular genre experiencing a high standard of design and quality, difference is the key.

Included in what must be CIT’s best ever release run for the ANA show in the United States was their latest meteorite coin. Struck in fine silver and antique-finished, it has the required meteorite fragment on the reverse face, this time from one we dn’t believe has appeared on a numismatic before. The new feature here is the coin being overstruck, so that a hole penetrates through the coin in a unique way every time. The differences are subtle, the hole being in the same place every time, but the metal stresses and tears differently nevertheless.

The coin is rimless, high-relief, and the full 38.61mm in diameter, quite some feat for a coin weighing just half an ounce. The relief itself is beautifully implemented, showing concentric patterns of shock as you would expect of something as catastrophic as a meteorite strike. Inscriptions are very unobtrusive on this face, detailing the date, the meteorite, and the co-ordinates where it made earthfall. The reverse face has the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on it, to be expected on a Cook Islands issued coin. This face is very clean in general and the hole punched through by the overstrike is actually pretty neat, the stress of it exhibiting an interesting look.

As with all of CIT’s best, the coin is boxed and has an enclosed Certificate of Authenticity. An excellent coin we think and one collectors of this genre will likely snap up. Mintage is limited to 2,500.

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Just a few years ago sticking a piece of a meteorite onto a coin was considered innovative. These days innovative technique requires a little more effort.

As the result, the Tamdakht Meteorite Strike coin is overstruck, leading to cracks and even a desired breakthrough where the meteorite seemingly struck the coin. During this monitored destruction process, the break points occur at random, making each coin unique.

WIKIPEDIA

The Tamdakht meteorite fell near Ouarzazate, Morocco on 2008-12-20 producing a strewn field of approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) by 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) and two small impact craters, one of about 1.1 metres (3 ft 7 in) diameter and 70 centimetres (28 in) depth at 31°09.8′N 7°00.9′W and the other of about 20 centimetres (7.9 in) diameter and 10 centimetres (3.9 in) depth at 31°09.9′N 07°02.3′W.

The meteorite is named after a village close to the fall.

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SPECIFICATION

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$2 COOK ISLANDS 0.999 SILVER 15.5 g 38.61 mm ANTIQUE 2,500 YES / YES

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