Observation of Mars - 400th Anniversary

Cook Islands 2009 - 5$ - Observation of Mars - 400th Anniversary - 25g LIMITED Silver Copper-Plated Coin

Low Mintage, only 2.500 of these very special coins have been issued by Coin Invest Trust!
This antique finish silver coin is dedicated to the observation of Mars.
$817.83

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Country Cook Islands
Year 2009
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 5
Metal Silver
Fineness 925/1000
Weight 22,2g
Diameter 38,61 mm
Mintage 2500
Quality Antique-Finish
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case no
Price $817.83
Coin Story

Mars is an earth-like planet in our solar system. With a diameter of approximately 6800 kilometres it is about half the size of the earth. A high percentage of iron oxide (rust) is responsible for its reddish shimmer. Due to this (blood red) colour it was granted the Roman God of Wars name. Through its brightness it was already known in ancient days. The planet Mars was observed more precisely for the first time with Galileo Galilei’s telescope. Up until today the fascination of this orb is unbowed. For the first time ever mars meteorite stone has been inserted in this coin edition. This stone belongs to the scarcest possessions a private persons can have. There are less than 100 kilograms of it worldwide. How is a specification of the meteorite possible at all? The earth probes on Mars, Voyager, Rover or Phoenix, have examined the Martian soil intensively. This geological data served as a basis for the allocation of its origin by which the meteorites were defined. Therefore it could precisely be determined that this meteorite NWA 4925 of the type olivine-phyric shergottite originates from Mars.

Reverse Design

The reverse depicts the planet Mars. The copper-plated antique finish is the perfect measure to capture the "Red Planet". There is also an original piece of Mars meteorite embedded in the coin.

Obverse Design

Each coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the denomination of the coin.

Packaging

The Observation of Mars - 400th Anniversary coin comes encapsuled with the Certificate of Authenticity.

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