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METEORITE MAUERKIRCHEN Cosmic Fireballs Silver Proof Locket Coin 10$ Fiji 2013


This particular coin belongs to 'Cosmic Fireball' coin series, with great design, gorgeous color application and real pieces of meteorite in inner capsule within the coin itself. This is one of the few Silver 999 coins in the world to comprise moving parts and limited mintage of only 999 pcs worldwide.

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Mauerkirchen meteorite
In a letter to Ernst Chladni 'Hofrath' [councilor] Mr. Blumenbach wrote the following about the Mauerkirchen fall:
"In the evening, after 4 pm, of November 20, 1768, in the presence of a noticable dark sky in the Occident, several honest people, who have been questioned under oath, heard an unusual roar and a forceful bang in the air. It was similar to a thunder and shooting of cannons. In the middle of this turmoil a stone fell from the air onto the field of the mercenary Georg Bart. It was confirmed by the authorities that this stone, making a hole of 2.5 feet [~ 75 cm] depth, was 6 inches [~15 cm] wide and weighed 38 Bavarian pounds. It is of soft matter so that it can be crumbled with the fingers. The color is bluish, mixed up with some white paste. On top of this it is covered with black bark".(translated from 'Annalen der Physik', Vol. 15, pages 316-317, published in 1803)”

The Catalogue of Meteorites lists Mauerkirchen with a quote from E.Chladni as "After detonations, a stone of about 19kg fell, E.F.F. Chladni (1803)", although less than 10kg in total is accounted for in all of the major museum meteorite collections around the World.

  • CountryFiji
  • Year2013
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)20
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The design incorporates a transparent half-circle locket containing real pieces of meteorite. The coin bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse. Each coin has been individually numbered and is therefore unique!