One of the most popular genres in modern commemorative coins, meteorites and astronomy always seems to find a healthy audience. Silver coins with actual embedded meteorite fragments have been available for over a decade, with Coin Invest Trust having a long-running presence in the market, and the Mint of Poland closely following with a wide range of its own. The latest effort here is from the Mint of Poland and bears all the usual hallmarks of design they’re known for.
Most meteorite coins are themed around the impact event being depicted. This one is different, choosing to showcase the emerging industry of space mining. It’s an inspired choice, offering a whole new perspective on the genre. The reverse face is absolutely packed full of detail – the scene featuring a space station, satellites, miners and much more. At the bottom is an embedded chondrite meteorite fragment.
The obverse has some subtle rock pattern around most of the border and in the centre the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II – no surprise for a Niue Island issue. Space Mining maintains the increasing trend at the Mint of Poland of theming this usually staid face of the coin. Both sides have an antique finish and the coin is rimless, which is something we like here.
This one is an ounce of fine silver in weight, so more affordable than the bigger stuff, but it won’t be bottom end as it’s a high-spec strike and even small meteorite fragments aren’t cheap. Packaging is a good quality wooden box and there will be an enclosed certificate of authenticity. The mintage is set at 666 pieces. We only have renders at the moment, but the Mint of Poland has a habit of making the real thing even better. We’ll run some images of the finished article when we get them. Distributed by Pela Coins, it’s available there or at several dealers worldwide, including some of our sponsors. It should ship around mid-June.