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