Meteorite Impacts: La Ciénega Meteorite
Cook Islands. 5 Dollars 2021. Silver .999. 1 oz. 26 mm. Antique end. Mintage: 2,500. Special know-how: Piedfort; with embedded piece of a meteorite in the coin edge. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.
Description of the Coin
One aspect exhibits the impression of the Ciénega meteorite in the Sonoran Desert in Mexico. Above, the inscription la Ciénega Meteorite; under, 2021.
The different aspect options the portrait of Elizabeth II; under, IRB (= Ian Rank-Broadley); round it the legend ELIZABETH II COOK ISLANDS 5 DOLLARS.
A bit of the meteorite is embedded in the broad reeded edge.
Meteorite Impact might be the one sequence worldwide that applies cutting-edge minting know-how in such a flexible approach. International consultants have honored this with an award twice. Be it smartminting know-how, always altering methods of shade software, completely different metals, or designs, CIT has been reinventing the sequence yearly since 2004. No challenge seems just like the earlier one. There is only one factor they’ve in frequent: each coin accommodates a tiny piece of the meteorite it’s devoted to. In this spirit, CIT additionally got here up with one thing new for the seventeenth challenge launched in 2021: beforehand, the meteorites had been inserted on the obverse or reverse – now, the fragment is embedded in the sting.
That is a primary for inlay know-how! To make it doable, CIT created a piedfort. This time period is used in classical numismatics to explain a coin that’s a lot thicker than regular.
This challenge is devoted to the La Ciénega meteorite, which was found in 2007 by gold prospector Greg Bruce whereas searching for gold in the ghost city of the identical identify in Sonora, Mexico. Instead of gold, he discovered meteorites and a few fragments with a complete weight of simply 7,632 grams.
That is just not very a lot. Meteorites can weigh as much as a number of tons. The present document was set by the Hoba Meteorite in Namibia with a weight of about 60 tons.
CIT succeeded in securing an element of La Ciénega to create a coin that’s of nice curiosity to area followers, mineral collectors, and coin lovers alike. As with the primary launch of 2004, CIT will solely challenge 2,500 specimens – and expertise tells us that they are going to be bought out in a short time.
If you miss this challenge, you must look forward to the following one, which might be launched in 2022. Which meteorite will it comprise? Who is aware of. Maybe El Boludo, which was found by Greg Bruce in 2013. By now, he’s not solely prospecting for gold anymore but additionally for meteorites – and he’s fairly profitable.
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