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SIKHOTE ALIN Meteorite Art 5 Oz Silver Coin 5000 Francs Chad 2015


The amazing Sikhote Alin meteorite is predestined to be immortalised on this very interesting 5 Oz Silver coin, the first of new series "Meteorite Art", issued by Republic of Chad with an authentic fragment of iron meteorite inlaid. It depicts the very famous Meteor Crater created after impact in 1947, Russia. The coin features Ultra High Relief and Antique finish. Mintage limited to only 500 pcs!

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Meteorite Sikhote Alin
An iron meteorite fell on the Sikhote-Alin Mountains, in southeastern Russia, in 1947. Though large iron meteorite falls had been witnessed previously and fragments recovered, never before in recorded history had a fall of this magnitude been observed. An estimated 70 tonnes (metric tons) of material survived the fiery passage through the atmosphere and reached the Earth.
At around 10:30 on 12 February 1947, eyewitnesses in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Primorye, Soviet Union, observed a large bolide brighter than the Sun that came out of the north and descended at an angle of about 41 degrees. The bright flash and the deafening sound of the fall were observed for 300 km around the point of impact not far from Luchegorsk and approximately 440 km northeast of Vladivostok. A smoke trail, estimated at 32 km long, remained in the sky for several hours.
Sikhote-Alin is a massive fall with the overall size of the meteoroid estimated at approximately 90000 kg. A more recent estimate by Tsvetkov (and others) puts the mass at around 100000 kg. Krinov had estimated the post-atmospheric mass of the meteoroid at some 23000 kg.

  • CountryChad
  • Year2015
  • Face Value5000 Francs
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)155.5 (5 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)60
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The coin's reverse features a real and genuine meteorite Sikhote Alin over the meteor crater in Russia. On the bottom of the coin the inscription "SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE". The coin's obverse depicts the Coat of Arms of Chad, the face value and the issue date. On bottom the inscription "REPUBLIQUE DU TCHAD 2015".