A second high-end meteorite coin this week comes from old hand MCI-Mint in Germany. Like the three-ounce coin released by Numiscollect earlier this week, this is one of the bigger releases in this genre, coming in at a full five-ounces of fine antiqued silver, not the first time MCI have gone so large having previously launched a domed coin like this with a moon meteorite theme.
The big selling point for this coin, outside of its obvious scarcity as a domed strike of this size, is the sheer rarity of the meteorite embedded within it. North West Africa 7325 is completely unique on Earth. The meteorite is an achondrite, a type that only comes from planets or large asteroids, and its composition strongly indicates its origin as being Mercury, a comparison possible because of the excellent work being done by the Messenger spacecraft, currently orbiting the planet closest to the Sun. Some recent scientific papers are questioning this, mainly because the meteorites staggering age of 4.56 Billion years would put it around the formation of Mercury itself, a tumultuous time of which the meteorite shows little damage, but even those aren’t ruling its origin out.
As with the previous entrant in this series from MCI, the coin is a truly domed strike, not flat on the obverse side, and quite an achievement for its size. Depicting Mercury’s battered planetary surface, embedded within which is a fragment of this rare meteorite, it’s a really nice piece and a fine accompaniment to the Moon release. The mintage also remains at just 175 pieces and the price at a not insubstantial €999, hardly surprising given the rarity of the meteorite fragment. Well packaged with a Certificate of Authenticity, the coin is available to order now.