Chelyabinsk Meteorite

Cook Islands 2013 - 5$ - Chelyabinsk Meteorite - 20g LIMITED Silver Coin

Low Mintage, only 2.500 of these very special coins have been issued by Coin Invest Trust!
This silver coin is dedicated to Meteorites.
$187.20

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Country Cook Islands
Year 2013
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 5
Metal Silver
Fineness 925/1000
Weight 20g
Diameter 38,61 mm
Mintage 2500
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $187.20
Coin Story

On February 15th, 2013 at about 9:20 am local time, a meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk in the Russian Ural region.
NASA estimated it to be the largest meteor since 1908. The large number of injuries is also unique; 1200 people were injured, more than 1100 by broken glass from shattered windows. The diameter of the meteor was 17 metres and its mass about 10’000 tons. The celestial body entered the Earth’s atmosphere travelling at a velocity of 18 kilometers per second. The kinetic energy was equivalent to 500 kilotons of TNT which amounts to the energy released from 33 atomic bombs as detonated at Hiroshima. The air burst and the following shock wave resulted in 200’000 square metres of broken windows and damage to about 4000 homes. According to press releases a fragment of the meteorite hit lake Tschebarkul near the town of Chelyabinsk, tearing a hole of about six metres in diameter in the ice sheet. With this coin you experience the explosion through the eyes of the inhabitants of Chelyabinsk. Broken window panes and the passing meteoroid trail in the sky. For once a very different perspective for a commemorative coin.

Reverse Design

The reverse captures the Chelyabinsk meteorite. The image is dedicated to the broken glas caused by the meteorite. There is also an original piece of the meteorite included in the reverse of 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 Chelyabinsk Meteorite coin comes in a presentation case with the Certificate of Authenticity.

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