Silver Half Ounce 2017 Chergach Meteorite, Coin from Cook Islands - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2017 Chergach Meteorite, Coin from Cook Islands
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2017 Chergach Meteorite

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 Chergach 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:
Developing a successor of the highly innovative Tamdakht Meteorite coin of 2016 was no easy task. The resulting Chergach Meteorite coin is a stunning progression of the breakthrough technology with an enhanced concave deformity and cracks. The gilded finish is reminiscent of the Sahara Desert, where the chondrite meteorite was found ten years ago in July 2007 near Timbuktu. Naturally, a fragment of the actual meteorite rests in the crater depression.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage2,500
Obverse
Cook Islands / Silver Half Ounce 2017 Chergach Meteorite - 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 above, the inscription ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS ·; around below, facing the opposite way, the face value and date 2 DOLLARS · 2017. The inscriptions are in an early "computer" type font.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · COOK ISLANDS · 2 DOLLARS · 2017
Reverse
Cook Islands / Silver Half Ounce 2017 Chergach Meteorite - 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 below, the inscription CHERGACH METEORITE, below which the place where it was found.

Reverse Inscription CHERGACH METEORITE
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated, gold plated, smartminting (3D shape, holed).
CIT Item ID: 28280

See also

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

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Silver Half Ounce 2017 Chergach Meteorite: Details
CountryCook Islands
CurrencyCook Islands Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2017
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)
Size38.610 mm
Mass15.550 g
OCC IDAPVZ-OYRC-DPPB-ELMD
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