Canyon Diablo Meteorite

Niue Islands 2014 - $1 - Canyon Diablo Meteorite - 1oz LIMITED Antique Finish Silver Coin

Only 666 of these special coins have been issued!
This silver coin comes with real piece of a meteorite.
$291.33

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Country Niue Islands
Year 2014
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 1
Metal Silver
Fineness 999/1000
Weight 1oz - 31,1g
Diameter 38,61 mm
Mintage 666
Quality Antique-Finish
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $291.33
Coin Story

The Canyon Diablo meteorites include the many fragments of the asteroid that created the Barringer Crater (Meteor Crater), Arizona, USA. Meteorites have been found around the crater rim, and are named for nearby Canyon Diablo, which lies about three to four miles west of the crater. The asteroid fell about 50,000 years ago. The meteorites have been known and collected since the mid-19th century and were known and used by pre-historic Native Americans. The Barringer Crater, from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, was the center of a long dispute over the origin of craters that showed little evidence of volcanism. That debate was settled in the 1950s thanks to Eugene Shoemaker's study of the crater. In 1953, Clair Cameron Patterson measured ratios of the lead isotopes in samples of the meteorite. The result permitted a refinement of the estimate of the age of the Earth to 4.550 billion years (± 70 million years).

Reverse Design

The reverse of the coin depicts a crater formed through a meteorite impact. In the middle of the coin you will find an original piece of the meteorite. The inscriptions: "Canyon Diablo Meteorite" are found on the top of the rim.

Obverse Design

The obverse portrays the Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the denomination and the year of issue.

Packaging

The Canyon Diablo Meteorite silver coin comes packaged inside a presentation case with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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