Meteorite hits coin

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November 6, 2014 – To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of its meteorite coins, Coin Invest Trust has come up with something very special. About 15 million years ago, a meteorite hit the Danube area. In the process, Moldavite, a natural glass, was formed. The 10th edition in the meteorite series incorporates this rare material.

Cooks Islands/ 5 Dollars/ 1 oz Silver .999/ 38.61 mm/ Mintage: 2500.

Moldavite is a natural glass whose formation dates back a long way. Some 15 million years ago, a meteorite hit the Earth in South Germany. The event has been reconstructed by scientists like this: a meteorite with an approximate diameter of 1,500 m approaches the Earth at the incredible speed of 70,000 km/h – twice as fast as a modern rocket. It hits at full tilt. The energy it releases exceeds all means of modern technology. Between 1.8 and 18 million Hiroshima bombs would be required to recreate the effect! The red-hot meteorite melts everything it touches. Soil and rocks are pushed aside or liquefied by the impact. Under pressure, the molten rock is formed into small drops of glass: Moldavite.

The natural glass with the green colouring derives its name from the area with the highest concentration near the Czech Moldova River. Still, Moldavite has been discovered in other locations too. It occurs within a radius of 450 km from the meteor impact crater in the Nördlinger Ries, located at the border of Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg.

The concave coin’s high relief and digital printing in shades of red make the force, heat and pressure of the natural event palpable. In the centre of the coin lies the result of the meteorite impact: a Moldavite fragment.

The coins are minted by B.H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH. Collectors can purchase the issue through specialty dealers.

You can also find the coin on the website of Coin Invest Trust.

There are many other things you can do with Moldavite, as you can see here.