The third in what is turning out to be a fine series of meteorite coins from the Mint of Poland has just been announced, and features an extremely powerful strike from 35 million years ago, Popigai. Located in the Russian region of Siberia, Popigai is the fourth largest verified impact crater on Earth at 100 kilometres (62 miles) in width and has been desibnated by UNESCO as a Geopark, a location of special geological interest. Further studies of the site in 1997 determined that the impactor was either an 8 km (5.0 mi) diameter chondrite asteroid, or a 5 km (3.1 mi) diameter stony asteroid.
Previous coins in the series have always been highly regarded and we can see no reason why this one won’t be the same. The first coin featured Canyon Diablo, the second Wolfe Creek, both showing an increase in design complexity that is carried on here, Popigai being a deeper and more dramatic strike than Wolfe Creek, for example. In other respects the series hasn’t changed. A troy ounce of fine silver in weight, 38.6 mm diameter, and a mintage of 666 are all carryovers from the first coins and mean the series is relatively affordable despite the tight numbers produced.
We like this one a lot, very dynamic, with well controlled inscriptions, often the downfall of some modern designs. Well packaged as before in a quality wooden box, the whole is a fine item that sells for around €130-€140 in general. Shipping at the end of January, it’s available to preorder now from a range of dealers around the world including Intercoins-Berlin, Powercoin, First Coin Company, Top World Coins, The Coin Shoppe, Pela Coins, Dazzling Coins, and MB Coincorner.