Coins featuring embedded meteorite fragments have been hitting the market since the last decade and many have seen some quite healthy levels of appreciation on the secondary market. Back in 2014 the Mint of Poland launched the first in their own series of coins, this time combining the usual meteorite fragment with an ultra-high relief strike. The resulting Canyon Diable design was a fine one that proved popular. For 2015 the mint followed up that release with a coin depicting Wolfe Creek, a huge 50,000 tonne meteorite that hit Western Australia around 300,000 years ago.
As with most popular coin styles, other mints release their own coins to compete and the first to jump into the ring is German coin producer MCI-Mint with their debut meteorite piece. The style is very similar to the Mint of Poland (MoP) effort, but MCI have added a couple of nice touches to differentiate its coin. Coming off the back of the fragment is a coloured flaming tail, similar to those generated by meteorites entering the atmosphere. It adds a nice piece of dynamism to the design. The rear of the coin, while still antique-finished, has had the background around the Queens effigy gilded with red gold. It’s unusual, and in our opinion, works well.
Limited to only 500 pieces, less even than the relatively tiny mintages of the Canyon Diablo and Wolfe Creek coins from the Mint of Poland, the coin comes with a serialised certificate and in a box. Shipping in early August for around €150-200, this will make a nice addition to a collection containing the two MoP coins even if they’re not from the same series. Quality will likely be very high given it’s from MCI, and the price is pretty decent for a
500 mintage coin of this type. Available to order now.
UPDATE: Apologies but a small correction. The mintage is 576 pieces, not 500.