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METEORITE CANYON DIABLO Meteor Crater Silver Coin 1$ Niue Island 2014


The amazing Canyon Diablo meteorite is predestined to be immortalised on this very interesting coin issued by Niue Island with an authentic fragment of meteorite inlaid. It depicts the very famous Meteor Crater created by the meteorite impact about 50,000 years ago in Arizona, USA. The coin features Ultra High Relief, antique finish and mintage is extremely limited to only 666 pcs worldwide!

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Meteorite Canyon Diablo
The Canyon Diablo meteorite comprises many fragments of the asteroid that impacted at Barringer Crater (Meteor Crater), Arizona, USA. Meteorites have been found around the crater rim, and are named for nearby Canyon Diablo, which lies about three to four miles west of the crater.
The asteroid fell about 50,000 years ago. The meteorites have been known and collected since the mid-19th century and were known and used by pre-historic Native Americans. The Barringer Crater, from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, was the center of a long dispute over the origin of craters that showed little evidence of volcanism. That debate was settled in the 1950s thanks to Eugene Shoemaker's study of the crater.
In 1953, Clair Cameron Patterson measured ratios of the lead isotopes in samples of the meteorite. The result permitted a refinement of the estimate of the age of the Earth to 4.550 billion years (± 70 million years).

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2014
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)666
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

This unique and extremely rare coin features an insert of a piece of Canyon Diablo meteorite with an amazing ultra high relief design. The coin’s obverse depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination, and partly recalls the reverse design.