Silver Half Ounce 2016 Tamdakht Meteorite Strike, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2016 Tamdakht Meteorite Strike, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2016 Tamdakht Meteorite Strike

The Cook Islands, a sovereign state in free association with New Zealand, uses two official legal tender currencies. The New Zealand Dollar circulates in parallel with the local Cook Islands Dollar; at the same time, the government also authorises many legal tender coins in the Cook Islands Dollar currency for collector's purposes. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes, including half of a troy ounce of silver - such as this coin.

This coin featuring the Tamdakht Meteorite is part of the Meteorite Impacts collection which is issued in a number of different countries; all coins in it have an embedded original piece of the specific meteorite.

The Mint says about it:
Just a few years ago sticking a piece of a meteorite onto a coin was considered innovative. These days innovative technique requires a little more effort. As the result, the Tamdakht Meteorite Strike coin is overstruck, leading to cracks and even a desired breakthrough where the meteorite seemingly struck the coin. During this monitored destruction process, the break points occur at random, making each coin unique.

The Tamdakht meteorite fell near Ouarzazate, Morocco on 20 December 2008, producing a strewn field of approximately 25 kilometres by 2 kilometres and two small impact craters, one of about 1.1 metres diameter and 70 centimetres depth at 31°09.8′N 7°00.9′W and the other of about 20 centimetres diameter and 10 centimetres depth at 31°09.9′N 07°02.3′W. The meteorite is named after a village close to the fall.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage 2,500
Obverse
Cook Islands / Silver Half Ounce 2016 Tamdakht Meteorite Strike - obverse photo

The obverse represents a meteorite impact crater, with the coin "torn" in the middle by its force.

On the left, a small portrait of Queen Elizabeth II - her Fourth Effigy by Ian Rank-Broadley, whose initials IRB are in tiny letters below it.

Around the rim, the inscription ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS ·; around below, facing the opposite way, the face value 2 DOLLARS.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2 DOLLARS
Reverse
Cook Islands / Silver Half Ounce 2016 Tamdakht Meteorite Strike - reverse photo

The reverse represents a meteorite impact crater, with the coin "torn" in the middle by its force. A piece of the actual meteorite has been embedded in its surface.

Around the rim, the inscription TAMDAKHT H5 CHONDRITE METEORITE STRIKE (a chondrite is a stony meteorite, and H5 is a particular type of chonrdite); in smaller letters around right, the coordinates of the place of impact.

Below, the date of issue 2016.

Reverse Inscription TAMDAKHT H5 CHONDRITE METEORITE STRIKE 2016
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: antique, gold plated, smartminting (3D shape, holed).
CIT Item ID: 27854

See also

Coins in the Meteorite Impacts collection include:
- 2 oz Silver, Meteorite NWA 267, Liberia 2004
- 25 g Silver, Nantan Meteorite, Palau 2006
- 25 g Silver, Brenham Pallasite Meteorite, Cook Islands 2007
- 1/4 oz Gold, Pultusk Meteorite, Cook Islands 2008
- 25 g Silver, Pultusk Meteorite, Cook Islands 2008
- 25 g Silver, Observation of Mars, Cook Islands 2009
- 25 g Silver, Meteorite HAH 280, Cook Islands 2010
- 20 g Silver, Muonionalusta Meteorite, Cook Islands 2011
- 20 g Silver, Seymchan Meteorite, Cook Islands 2012
- 20 g Silver, Chelyabinsk Meteorite, Cook Islands 2013
- 1 oz Silver, Moldavite Impact, Cook Islands 2014
- 1 oz Silver, Chondrite Impact - Meteorite NWA 4037, Cook Islands 2015
- 1/2 oz Silver, Tamdakht Meteorite, Cook Islands 2016
- 1/2 oz Silver, Chergach Meteorite, Cook Islands 2017
- 1/2 oz Silver, Erfoud Meteorite NWA 6827, Cook Islands 2018
- 1/2 oz Silver, Estacado Meteorite, Cook Islands 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Viñales Meteorite, Cook Islands 2020
- 1 oz Silver, La Ciénega Meteorite, Cook Islands 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Aba Panu Meteorite, Cook Islands 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Tenham Meteorite, Cook Islands 2023

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Silver Half Ounce 2016 Tamdakht Meteorite Strike: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage2,500
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
Shape3D
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.6100 mm
Mass15.5500 g
OCC IDBVYX-EWRC-YRRB-OJZN
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