CIT 2016 Tamdakht Meteorite Strike 1/2oz Antiqued Silver Coin
Just a few years ago sticking a piece of a meteorite onto a coin was considered innovative. These days innovative technique requires a little more effort.
As the result, the Tamdakht Meteorite Strike coin is overstruck, leading to cracks and even a desired breakthrough where the meteorite seemingly struck the coin. During this monitored destruction process, the break points occur at random, making each coin unique and the break point is also purposely repeated in the capsule.
The Tamdakht meteorite fell near Ouarzazate, Morocco on 2008-12-20 producing a strewn field of approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) by 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) and two small impact craters, one of about 1.1 metres (3 ft 7 in) diameter and 70 centimetres (28 in) depth at 31°09.8′N 7°00.9′W and the other of about 20 centimetres (7.9 in) diameter and 10 centimetres (3.9 in) depth at 31°09.9′N 07°02.3′W. The meteorite is named after a village close to the fall. (Wikipedia)
- Metal: 999 Fine Silver
- Weight: 1/2oz
- Year of Issue: 2016
- Mintage Limit: 2500
- Diameter: 38.61mm
- Finish: Antiqued
- Certificate of Authenticity: Yes
- Minted by CIT (Coin Invest Trust) under the issuing authority of Cook Islands
The coin is rimless, high-relief, and the full 38.61mm in diameter, quite some feat for a coin weighing just half an ounce. The relief itself is beautifully implemented, showing concentric patterns of shock as you would expect of something as catastrophic as a meteorite strike. Inscriptions are very unobtrusive on this face, detailing the date, the meteorite, and the co-ordinates where it made earthfall.
The reverse face has the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on it, to be expected on a Cook Islands issued coin. This face is very clean in general and the hole punched through by the overstrike is actually creates an interesting effect.
This collector’s coin is rounded off with stylised packaging and a certificate of authenticity is enclosed. Please note the capsule has a hole puched through of the top surface to replicate the imapct effect (see image).