One of the more popular genres in modern numismatics over the last decade or so, meteorite adorned coins depict an astronomical body or event, and incorporate a fragment of genuine meteorite. Three producers are the main players in this market – CIT Coin Invest, the Mint of Poland, and Numiscollect. The flagship series of the latter of those three is simply called ‘Meteorites’, and has been running since 2016.
These are impressive coins. Each is struck in three ounces of fine 0.999 silver, and while there are some differences in final execution, they all incorporate two consistent features. Firstly, and as we just stated, they have on their reverse face a piece of meteorite that sits embedded into a square area, bordered with a small ridge. The fragment is likely related to the subject of the coin, although that has never been the claim of Numiscollect. The Vesta issue from 2018 is particularly neat in that the 333 mintage is divided into three runs of 111 pieces, each with a different meteorite fragment in it. The Apollo pair were eventually issued as a two coin set and only 99 examples of each were minted.
The second distinguishing feature is a coloured glass inlay in the centre of the coin. Whether the coin is convex or concave, this feature draws the eye in and depicts an image related to the coin subject. Most of the seven issues to date are images of the astronomical body of choice, although the two Apollo issues feature images of the lunar craft, and the latest Chicxulub coin depicts what looks to be a satellite image of the Yucatan Peninsula where the meteorite that probably wiped out the dinosaurs, impacted.
All the coins are beautifully detailed in high-relief, with five of them taking on a dual-sided convex form, and the two impact crater coins featuring some impressive, shaped concave strikes. The two sub-types also differ in their approach to the obverse face. The convex coins depict a similar design to the reverse face, but the concave pair display some excellent imagery related to the ground impact, especially the latest Chicxulub issue with its Tyrannosaurus Rex representing the death of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago.
This is an outstanding series, although definitely a higher-end one, with issue prices of over €400. Despite that, they all sell out, which is a testament to the quality on offer, and the impressive core designs. The 2019 Campo Del Cielo and the 2019 Chicxulub issues are personal favourites if I were to pick one up, but all are equally desirable for fans of this very popular genre.