Amazing coin issued by the Republic...
This beautiful 1 Oz Silver coin is the third issue in the “Solar System” series, dedicated to the planets of our Solar System. This release features a genuine meteorite insert from Mars. The coin has a beautiful convex relief shape, has an Antique Finish quality and comes packaged in an elegant case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to only 686 pcs worldwide!
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Availability date: 06/19/2017
A Martian meteorite is a rock that formed on the planet Mars and was then ejected from Mars by the impact of an asteroid or comet, and finally landed on the Earth. Of over 61,000 meteorites that have been found on Earth, 132 were identified as Martian as of 3 March 2014. These meteorites are thought to be from Mars because they have elemental and isotopic compositions that are similar to rocks and atmosphere gases analyzed by spacecraft on Mars. On October 17, 2013, NASA reported, based on analysis of argon in the Martian atmosphere by the Mars Curiosity rover, that certain meteorites found on Earth thought to be from Mars were indeed from Mars. On January 3, 2013, NASA reported that a meteorite, named NWA 7034 (nicknamed “Black Beauty”), found in 2011 in the Sahara desert, was determined to be from Mars and found to contain ten times the water of other Mars meteorites found on Earth. The meteorite was determined to have formed 2.1 billion years ago during the Amazonian geologic period on Mars.
The reverse of the coin depicts an incredible view of Mars and its stunning impact craters, with a beautiful meteorite on the middle. On top of the reverse, the inscription: “SOLAR SYSTEM-MARS” – the name of the series and the name of the coin. The coin's design continues on the obverse and features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the left side. All around the effigy, the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “Ag 999” – the fineness of the Silver, “2017” – the face value and “NIUE ISLAND” – the issue country. On the bottom of the obverse, the inscription: “ONE DOLLAR” – the face value.