TAMDAKHT METEORITE STRIKE Meteor Silver Coin 2$ Cook Islands 2016

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The amazing Tamdakht meteorite is predestined to be immortalized on this very interesting 1/2 Oz Silver coin, with an authentic fragment of meteorite inlaid. The coin has an interesting particularity – has a hole in the middle. The coin features Ultra High Relief, antique finish quality and mintage is limited to 2500 pieces worldwide.

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Specifications
Country Cook Islands
Year 2016
Face Value 2 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 15.57 (1/2 oz)
Diameter (mm) 38.61
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 2.500
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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Meteorite Tamdakht 
A meteorite is a solid piece of debris from an object, such as a comet, asteroid, or meteoroid, that originates in outer space and survives its passage through the Earth's atmosphere and impact with the Earth's surface. When the object enters the atmosphere, various factors like friction, pressure, and chemical interactions with the atmospheric gases cause it to heat up and radiate that energy. It then becomes a meteor and forms a fireball, also known as a shooting/falling star; astronomers call the brightest examples "bolides." Meteorites that survive atmospheric entry and impact vary greatly in size. For geologists, a bolide is a meteorite large enough to create a crater. The Tamdakht H5 Chondrite meteorite was observed as a fireball on December 20, 2008 traveling West to East with people in the High Atlas Mountains hearing a sound and feeling the ground shake. It took a few weeks to find the first pieces of the meteorite due to the mountainous region and snow.

 
Design

The coin's reverse features a real and genuine meteorite Tamdakht over the meteor crater near Ouarzazate, in Morocco. In the center of the crater is a hole produced in the moment of impact. All around of the reverse, the inscriptions: “Tamdakht Chondrite Meteorite Strike” – the name of the coin and “2016” – the issue year. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the issue country: “Cook Islands” and the face value: “2 Dollars”.

 
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