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Atlas of Meteorites is an outstanding series of classic bullion coins skillfully enriched with meteorite fragments. Each of them will be decorated with a piece of a meteorite from different regions of the world. This first coin has a genuine Fukang meteorite, is partially Red Gold plated, has an UV Printing and comes in a case with Certificate of Authenticity. Mintage limited to 500 pcs worldwide.
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Availability date: 04/26/2017
Chinese Panda and the Fukang Meteorite
The giant panda’s black and white coat and prominent black eye patches have made it one of the best known species, although it is among the shyest and rarest animals in the world. At first glance, the giant panda would seem to resemble a bear, but in fact its features show it has a stronger affinity with racoons. The giant panda is a solitary animal, which spends about two-thirds of its day feeding and the remainder resting. Although classed as a flesh-eater, the giant panda feeds almost exclusively on the stems, leaves and fresh young shoots of bamboo. There are about 20 different species of bamboo that pandas will eat. However bamboo is so nutritionally poor that the pandas have to consume up to 20kg each day, which can take up to 16 hours. The extra digit on the panda's hand helps them to tear the bamboo and their gut is covered with a thick layer of mucus to protect against splinters. The giant panda has the largest molar teeth of any carnivore. Their lower jaw has an extra molar; their molar and pre-molar teeth are adapted to slice and crush tough plants stems. Their strong jaws are capable of crushing bamboo stems up to 4cm in diameter.
The Fukang meteorite is a meteorite that was found in the mountains near Fukang, China in 2000. It is a pallasite, a type of stony, iron meteorite with olivine crystals. It is estimated to be 4.5 billion years old.
The reverse of the coin features a lovely Chinese Panda in its natural habitat during the night, climbing in a tree. On the right side of the reverse, a beautiful insert, a real piece of Fukang meteorite. All details of the fur of Panda bear are highlighted through the precise minting. The obverse of the coin features the beautiful Temple of Heaven in Beijing and the year of issue: “2016”.