MUONIONALUSTA Iron Meteorite Coin 1 Dollar Niue 2016

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This amazing coin presents a falling Muonionalusta meteorite. For the first time a coin is fully made of Meteorite. The Muonionalusta is an iron meteorite which impacted in northern Scandinavia. The coin is partially colored and 1 Ounce weight. Will be shipped in a special case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 693 pcs worldwide.

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Country Niue
Year 2016
Face Value 1 Dollar
Metal Iron Meteorite
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 31.1 (1 oz)
Diameter (mm) 42
Quality BU - Brilliant Uncirculated
Mintage (pcs) 693
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
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The Muonionalusta is a meteorite classified as fine octahedrite, type IVA (Of) which impacted in northern Scandinavia, west of the border between Sweden and Finland, about one million years BCE. The first fragment of the Muonionalusta was found in 1906 near the village .Around forty pieces are known today, some being quite large. Other fragments have been found in a 25-by-15-kilometre (15.5 mi × 9.3 mi) area in the Pajala district of Norrbotten County, approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. The meteorite was first described in 1910 by Professor A. G. Högbom, who named it "Muonionalusta", after a nearby place on the Muonio River. It was studied in 1948 by Professor Nils Goran David Malmqvist. The Muonionalusta, probably the oldest known meteorite (4.5653 billion years), marks the first occurrence of stishovite in an iron meteorite. Studies have shown it to be the oldest discovered meteorite impacting the Earth during the Quaternary Period, about one million years ago. It is quite clearly part of the iron core or mantle of a planetoid, which shattered into many pieces upon its fall on our planet. Since landing on Earth the meteorite has experienced four ice ages. It was unearthed from a glacial moraine in the northern tundra. It has a strongly weathered surface covered with cemented faceted pebbles.



The reverse of the coin depicts a beautiful space view with the Muonionalusta meteorite impact. The coin is made of Meteorite material, and it looks exactly how it should look, with all imperfections, irregular surface, small cracks, kind of scratches and anything else that you find on a meteorite slice: this is the concept of this coin. The coin has an impressive coloration, that makes the image of impact very realistic. All around, a particular background. In the top of the reverse, the inscriptions: “999. Meteorite” – the coin material and “Muonionalusta” – the name of the coin. On the bottom, the weight of the coin: “31.1 g”. The coin’s obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “Niue” – the issue country, “2016” – the issue year and “One Dollar” - the face.