|Coin||Silver 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.
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.
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.
||TAMDAKHT H5 CHONDRITE METEORITE STRIKE 2016
Finish: antique, gold plated, smartminting (3D shape, holed).
CIT Item ID: 27854
Coins in the Meteorite Impacts collection include:
- 2 oz Silver, Meteorite NWA 267, (Liberia) 2004
- 1 oz Silver, 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