This beautiful 1 Oz Silver coin is...
The amazing Martian Meteorite is predestined to be immortalized on this very interesting coin issued by Niue Island with an authentic fragment of meteorite inlaid. It depicts the meteorite NWA 6963 blasted from the Mars surface by an asteroid impact. The coin features Ultra High Relief, Antique Finish quality and a vivid coloration. Mintage limited to only 500 pcs.
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Availability date: 06/20/2016
A Martian meteorite is a rock that formed on the planet Mars and was then ejected from Mars by the impact of an asteroid or comet, and finally landed on the Earth. Of over 61,000 meteorites that have been found on Earth, 132 were identified as Martian as of 3 March 2014. These meteorites are thought to be from Mars because they have elemental and isotopic compositions that are similar to rocks and atmosphere gases analyzed by spacecraft on Mars. On October 17, 2013, NASA reported, based on analysis of argon in the Martian atmosphere by the Mars Curiosity rover, that certain meteorites found on Earth thought to be from Mars were indeed from Mars. The term does not refer to meteorites found on Mars, such as Heat Shield Rock. On January 3, 2013, NASA reported that a meteorite, named NWA 7034 (nicknamed "Black Beauty"), found in 2011 in the Sahara desert, was determined to be from Mars and found to contain ten times the water of other Mars meteorites found on Earth. The meteorite was determined to have formed 2.1 billion years ago during the Amazonian geologic period on Mars.
The colorful coin's reverse features a real and genuine meteorite NWA 6963 generated by an asteroid or comet impact on Mars and finally landed on the Earth. On top of the coin, the inscription: "Martian Meteorite NWA 6963". Panoramic space view with the “Red Planet”. The coin's obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the face value: “One Dollar”, the issue country: ”Niue Island” and the issue date: ”2016”.