METEORITE SAMPLES,
COINS & MEDALS


SAMPLES


NWA 4925 MARS GIFT BOX

To date there have been around 132 different "Mars rock" meteorites found, mainly in the Sahara and Antarctic. The majority of these are classed as "enriched" basaltic shergottites, whereas the "depleted" group of olivine-phyric, and olivine-orthopyroxene-phyric shergottites are rarer.

This sample is an encased piece of the NWA 4925 Martian Meteorite, olivine-phyric shergottite meteorite that was found the Sahara 2007.


NWA 1195 MARS GIFT BOX

Similar in composition to the NWA-4925 sample above, this encased piece of the NWA 1195 Martian Meteorite is classified as Shergottite olivine-orthopyroxene-phyric reduced/depleted. It was purchased in Morocco in 2002 for the Hupe collection and a sample analysed and classified by Irving and Kuehner at the University of Washington.


NWA 4857 MARS GIFT BOX

Found in Morocco 2007, this encased piece of the NWA 4857 Martian Meteorite is classified as Basaltic Shergottite in composition.


NWA 4766 MARS GIFT BOX

Another Mars rock, this encased piece of the NWA 4766 Martian Meteorite is also classified as Basaltic Shergottite. And like NWA-4857 above, it was also found in 2007.


Dar al Gani 476 MARS GIFT BOX

and yet another Mars rock. This example is an encased piece of the Dar al Gani 476 Martian Meteorite found in Lybia May 1998.


NWA 4734 LUNAR GIFT BOX

NWA 4734 Achondrite (lunar) came to light in late 2006 and early 2007 when sold by nomads in Erfoud, Morocco. This was the 38th of around 42 lunar meteorites classified to date.


NWA 4881 LUNAR GIFT BOX

Found in 2005, NWA 4881 Achondrite (lunar, granulitic breccia) was purchased from dealers in Morocco in 2007. It has been paired with NWA 3163.


NWA 4483 LUNAR GIFT BOX

Found in Algeria in July 2006, NWA 4483 is classified as Achondrite (lunar, granulitic breccia). Also paired with NWA 3163.


NWA 5000 LUNAR GIFT BOX

Found July 2007 in Morocco, NWA 5000 is classified as Achondrite (lunar, feldspathic breccia).


SELECTION OF METEORITE SAMPLES

NWA 4734 (Lunar) - DisplayNWA 4857 (Martian) - Display Tatahouine (Diogenite) - .5gNWA 4024 (Winonaite) - 70mgAllende (CV3) - 60mg
Camel Donga (Eucrite) - 20mgNorton County (Aubrite) - 20mgBrahin (Pallasite) - .53gCarancas (H4-5) - 2mgNWA 5511 (LL5) - .16g
Campo del Cielo (Iron) - 2.46g Sikhote-Alin (Iron) - 1.74gTamdakht (H5) - 10mg


SIKHOTE-ALIN METEORITE SAMPLES


COINS AND MEDALS


25th ANNIVERSARY OF MOON LANDING MEDAL

ISSUED BY: Germany
DATE OF Issue: 1993
MINTAGE: ?
METAL: Gold plated
This gold plated medal was issued in Germany in 1993, for the following year's 25th anniversary of the moon landing. It contains a large fragment of meteorite that is dark green and glassy in appearance.


CAMPO DEL CIELO

DATE OF METEORITE: 2700 - 2200 BC
MINTAGE: 1,000
METAL: Zinc alloy base
This medal contains a piece of the Campo Del Cielo ("Field of the Sky") meteorite found by Spanish explorers in 1576 near Gran Chaco, Argentina. Investigating ancient accounts of a source of iron that fell from the sky, explorers discovered a crater field spanning an area of 3×20 kilometers and containing around 26 craters. The craters are estimated to age from 4,200–4,700 years old. Over 100 tonnes of Meteorite rock has been recovered from this site, the largest being 37 Tonnes in weight.


NWA 869 CHONDRITE L5 2000

MINTAGE: 1,000
METAL: Zinc alloy base
Around 2 tons of miscellaneous small meteorite debris were found by nomads near Tindouf Algeria in the Sahara 1999.


PALAU NANTHAN 2006

ISSUED BY: Republic of Palau $5 coin.
DATE OF ISSUE: 2006
DATE OF METEORITE: 1516
MINTAGE: 2,500
METALS: Silver Proof
Found in Guangxi Province China 1958, the Nathan Meteorite is believed to have fallen around 1516. It appears to have broken up in the air, as pieces were found scattered over an area of 400 square miles. It is estimated that the total weight was around 9,500 Kg.


CANYON DIABLO/NININGER

ISSUED BY: Nakhla Dog Meteorites
DATE OF ISSUE: 2007
DATE OF METEORITE: 40,000 - 20,000 BC
MINTAGE: 300
This medal features a piece of meteorite from the find near Canyon Diablo Arizona in 1891. It created Meteor Crater at Canyon Diablo Flagstaff, impacting the earth some time between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago. No one is sure just how big it was but 30 tons of meteorite have been recovered and it has been estimated at over 253 tons in mass before impact.

The medal was issued in 2007 to commemorate the life and work of Harvey Nininger, the scientist who brought meteoritics to the mainstream.


SIKHOTE-ALIN/KRINOV

ISSUED BY: Nakhla Dog Meteorites
DATE OF ISSUE: 2007
DATE OF METEORITE: 1947
MINTAGE: 300
Issued for the 60th anniversary of the Sikhote-Alin meteorite. It was seen to fall on 12-February-1947 in the Sikhote-Alin mountains of Russia. Witnesses report seeing smoke trails as the meteorite approached the ground before exploding in mid-air. It then broke up, scattering craters over an area of about half a square mile.


SIKHOTE-ALIN

ISSUED BY: Space-Coins.com
DATE OF ISSUE: 2011
DATE OF METEORITE: 1947
MINTAGE: 250
Containing a fragment of the afore mentioned Sikhote-Alin meteorite which fell in Siberia in 1947. This serialized medal is limited to just 250 pieces and was issued by Space-Coins.com.

An even rarer special edition set was issued in 2013 featuring a similar design in five different alloys (black nickel, copper, silver plated, gold plated and original coloured). These sets differ with the "special edition" and featured alloy marked on the reverse side.
Just 25 of these Special Edition Sets were made.


TOGO MARS METEORITE

ISSUED BY: Togolese Republic 1000 Francs
DATE OF ISSUE: 2014
MINTAGE: 300
This coin is the first rectangular meteorite coin and features a depiction of the Mars Rover Curiosity (MLS). It was released 10 years after the first african meteorite coin (Liberia 2004) and contains a fragment of Mars Meteorite. The coin was commissioned by Space-Coins.com with each COA being individually signed.


SIKHOTE-ALIN

ISSUED BY: catchafallingstar.com
DATE OF ISSUE: 2013
DATE OF METEORITE: 1947
MINTAGE: 1000
Another medal containing a fragment of the Sikhote-Alin meteorite is this serialized medal, made in Russia.


TATAHOUINE

ISSUED BY: Tucson Meteorites
DATE OF ISSUE: 2012
DATE OF METEORITE: 1931
MINTAGE: 350
This medal commemorates the Dawn Mission to asteroid Vesta and contains a fragment of the diogenite meteorite Tatahouine which is thought to have originated from this Asteroid. The meteorite fell in the Tataouine, Tunisia on the 27 June 1931. This serialized medal is limited to just 350 pieces.


CHERGACH MALI CHONDRITE H5

ISSUED BY: Mali
DATE OF ISSUE: ?
DATE OF METEORITE: July 2007
MINTAGE: 100
This medal features a piece of the Chergach meteorite fall of 2007 that fell in the Tombouchtou region of Mali.


COOK ISLANDS 2007 Brenham

ISSUED BY: Cook Islands $5 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2007
DATE OF METEORITE: 1882
MINTAGE: 2,500
METALS: Silver proof
This coin features a piece of the Brenham meteorite found in 1882 in Kansas, USA.


PULTUSK CHONDRITE H5 2008

ISSUED BY: ?
DATE OF ISSUE: 2008
DATE OF METEORITE: 1868
MINTAGE: 1,000
Issued for the 140th anniversary of the Pultusk meteorite shower of 1868.


COOK ISLANDS 2008 PULTUSK

ISSUED BY: Cook Islands $5 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2008
DATE OF METEORITE: 1868
MINTAGE: 2,500
METALS: Silver proof
The meteorite featured on this coin was part of the meteorite shower find of 2006 near Pultusk Poland.


COOK ISLANDS 2009 MOON

ISSUED BY: Cook Islands $5 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2009
DATE OF METEORITE: ?
MINTAGE: 100,000
METALS: Silver proof
Issued for the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, this coin features a piece of a Lunar meteorite.


COOK ISLANDS 2009 NMA-4881 MOON

ISSUED BY: Cook Islands $5 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2009
DATE OF METEORITE: 2005
MINTAGE: 1,969
METALS: Silver proof
Issued to commemorate both the 40th anniversary of the American moon landing and the 50th anniversary of the Soviet's Luna 3 space probe, this coin features a piece of the NMA 4881 Lunar meteorite.

One side is light silver and shows the face of the moon visible to the Earth and notes the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing, whilst the other is darker and shows the side of the moon that faces away from the Earth. This side of the coin commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Luna 3 probe which returned the first images of the dark side of the moon.


COOK ISLANDS 2009 NMA-4925 MARS

ISSUED BY: Cook Islands $5 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2009
DATE OF METEORITE: 2007
MINTAGE: 2,500
METALS: Silver Copper plated
Issued for the 400th anniversary of Galileo's use of the telescope to study the planet Mars, this coin features a piece of the NWA 4925 martian meteorite.


AUSTRALIA 2009

ISSUED BY: Royal Australian Mint $5 Coin.
DATE OF ISSUE: 2009
DATE OF METEORITE: N/A
MINTAGE: 10,000
METALS: Fine Silver Proof
Issued for the International year of Astronomy this medal contains some pieces of the Campo del Cielo meteorites.


COOK ISLANDS 2010 HAH-280

ISSUED BY: Cook Islands $5 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2010
DATE OF METEORITE: 2000
MINTAGE: 2,500
METALS: Silver
Features a piece of the Hammadah al Hamra (HAH) 280 meteorite found in Libya.


COOK ISLANDS 2011 Muonionalusta

ISSUED BY: Cook Islands $5 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2011
DATE OF METEORITE: 1906
MINTAGE: 2,500
METALS: Silver
Features a piece of the Muonionalusta Iron meteorite found in 1906 near Kiruna, Sweden.


COOK ISLANDS 2012 Seymchan

ISSUED BY: Cook Islands $5 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2012
DATE OF METEORITE: 1967
MINTAGE: 2,500
METALS: Silver
This coin contains a piece of the Seymchan meteorite found in June 1967 Russia/USSR. While many masses have olivine crystals characteristic of it's Pallasite classification, other pieces are nearly solid metal.


COOK ISLANDS 2013 Chelyabinsk

ISSUED BY: Cook Islands $5 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2013
DATE OF METEORITE: 2013
MINTAGE: 2,500
METALS: Silver
This coin contains a piece of the meteorite that exploded on February 15th, 2013 at about 9:20am, over Chelyabinsk in the Russian Ural region. NASA estimated it to be the largest meteor since 1908. The meteorite caused around 1200 injuries, mostly 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.


COOK ISLANDS 2014 Moldavite

ISSUED BY: Cook Islands $5 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2014
DATE OF METEORITE: 15 million years ago
MINTAGE: 2,500
METALS: Silver Proof
This coin contains a piece of the Moldavite meteorite that fell to Earth some 15,000,000 years ago, near the Moldava River in the territory of today's Czech Republic.


Niue 2014 Canyon Diablo

ISSUED BY: Niue $1 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2014
DATE OF METEORITE: 40,000 - 20,000 BC
MINTAGE: 666
METALS: Silver - Antique Finish
This coin features a piece of meteorite from the find near Canyon Diablo Arizona in 1891. This was the meteorite that created the Barringer Meteor Crater, in Arizona, USA.


Niue 2015 Wolfe Creek

ISSUED BY: Niue $1 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2015
DATE OF METEORITE: found 1947
MINTAGE: 666
METALS: Silver - Antique
This coin contains a piece of the meteorite found in the Wolfe Creek Crater, Western Australia in 1947.


Niue 2015 Campo Del Cielo

ISSUED BY: Niue $1 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2015
DATE OF METEORITE: 2,700 - 2,200 BC
MINTAGE: 576
METALS: Silver - Antique Finish Premium partually guilded and coloured
This coin features a piece of the Campo Del Cielo meteorite found in Argentina by Spanish explorers in 1576.


Niue 2015 NWA-5000 Lunar Meteorite

ISSUED BY: Niue $1 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2015
DATE OF METEORITE: found 2007
MINTAGE: 500
METALS: Silver - Antique Finish Premium partually guilded and coloured
This coin features a piece of the Lunar meteorite NWA-5000 found in Morocco in 2007.


Niue 2015 NWA-8609 Lunar Meteorite

ISSUED BY: Niue $1 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2015
DATE OF METEORITE: found 2014
MINTAGE: 686
METALS: Silver - High relief
This coin depicts the moon on both side with a concave shape and features a piece of the NWA-8609 Lunar meteorite found in Morocco in 2014.


Cook Islands 2015 Chondrite

ISSUED BY: Cook Islands $5 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2015
DATE OF METEORITE: found 2005
MINTAGE: 2,500
METALS: Silver
This coin contains a piece of the NWA-4037 Chondrite meteorite found in Morocco 2005.


Mali 2015 NMA-8599 Lunar Meteorite

ISSUED BY: Mali 5000 Francs coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2015
DATE OF METEORITE: found 2009
MINTAGE: 130
METALS: Silver
This very large coin is 65mm in diameter and is also of very low mintage coin with only 130 being minted. It contains a piece of the NWA-8599 lunar meteorite found in the North West African desert in 2009.


FIJI 2012 Neuschwanstein

ISSUED BY: Fiji $10 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2012
DATE OF METEORITE: 2002
MINTAGE: 999
METALS: Silver proof
This coin features pieces of the meteorite found at Neuschwanstein, in Bavaria, Germany.


FIJI 2012 Neuschwanstein

ISSUED BY: Fiji $1 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2012
DATE OF METEORITE: 2002
MINTAGE: 20,000
METALS: Silver plated CuNi
Between 2012 and 2013 Fiji released the 'Cosmic Fireball' series of 10 meteorite coins. Three different versions of each of these ten coins were minted, these being 999 $50 .999 proof Gold, 2,500 $10 Silver proof and 20,000 $1 silver plated version. This is the cheaper silver plated $1 version of the Neuschwanstein coin above and also features pieces of the meteorite.


FIJI 2012 Brenham

ISSUED BY: Fiji $10 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2012
DATE OF METEORITE: 1882
MINTAGE: 999
METALS: Silver proof
This coin features pieces of the Brenham meteorite that fell in 1882 near Kansas, USA.


FIJI 2012 Abee

ISSUED BY: Fiji $10 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2012
DATE OF METEORITE: 1952
MINTAGE: 999
METALS: Silver proof
This coin features pieces of the Abee meteorite that fell in 1952 near Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. It is the biggest known Enstatite Chondrite.


FIJI 2012 Kainsaz

ISSUED BY: Fiji $10 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2012
DATE OF METEORITE: 1937
MINTAGE: 999
METALS: Silver proof
This coin features pieces of the Kainsaz meteorite that fell on the 13th September 1937, Kainsaz in the USSR (modern day Russia). It belongs to a rare group of coaly chondrites.


FIJI 2012 Jilin

ISSUED BY: Fiji $10 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2012
DATE OF METEORITE: 1976
MINTAGE: 999
METALS: Silver proof
This coin features pieces of the Jilin meteorite that fell near Jilin, China on 8th March 1976.


FIJI 2013 Chassigny

ISSUED BY: Fiji $10 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2013
DATE OF METEORITE: 1815
MINTAGE: 999
METALS: Silver proof
This coin contains pieces of the Chassigny meteorite that fell in October 1815, near Chassigny France.


FIJI 2013 Morasko

ISSUED BY: Fiji $10 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2013
DATE OF METEORITE: 1914
MINTAGE: 999
METALS: Silver proof
This coin contains pieces of the Morasko meteorite that was discovered in 1914, but fell approximately 5000 years ago near Morasko Poland.


FIJI 2013 Murchison

ISSUED BY: Fiji $10 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2013
DATE OF METEORITE: 1969
MINTAGE: 999
METALS: Silver proof
This coin contains pieces of the Murchison meteorite. On 28 September 1969 at about 10:58 local time, near the town of Murchison, Victoria, in Australia, a bright fireball was observed to separate into three fragments before disappearing, leaving a cloud of smoke. About 30 seconds later, a tremor was heard. Many fragments were found over an area larger than 13 km˛, with individual mass up to 7 kg; one, weighing 680 g, broke through a roof and fell in hay. The total collected mass exceeds 100 kg.


FIJI 2013 Bjurbole

ISSUED BY: Fiji $10 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2013
DATE OF METEORITE: 1899
MINTAGE: 999
METALS: Silver proof
This coin contains pieces of the 330kg Bjurbole meteorite. In March 1899, near the town of Bjurbole, Finland. Very little has been published about this meteorite.


FIJI 2013 Mauerkirchen

ISSUED BY: Fiji $10 coin
DATE OF ISSUE: 2013
DATE OF METEORITE: 1768
MINTAGE: 999
METALS: Silver proof
This coin contains pieces of the 19kg Mauerkirchen meteorite that fell on the 20th November 1768, near the town of Mauerkirchen, Austria. Very little has been published about this meteorite.


CHINA 2011 Jilin

ISSUED BY: China
DATE OF ISSUE: 2011
DATE OF METEORITE: 1976
MINTAGE: 1,000
METALS: Silver Plated
Issued in 2011 to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Jilin meterorite shower, this is the first meterorite medal issued by China. It was issued for a conference and was not sold to the public. This medal contains a genuine piece of meteorite from that event.


Gebel Kamil 2009

ISSUED BY: ?
DATE OF ISSUE: 2010
DATE OF METEORITE: 2009
MINTAGE: ?
METALS: ?
Mounted in a display box, this medal is matched with a slice of the Gebel Kamil Meteorite found in Al Wadi al Jadid, Egypt 2009.


NWA 482 MOON

MINTAGE: 250
Found in the Sahara early in January 2001. Researchers have compared NWA 482 to the "Genesis Rock" returned by the Apollo 15 mission because of the high concentration of anorthosite contained in the meteorite. It is aged at approximately 4.5 billion years old and is the only white lunar meteorite found to date.


NWA 2995 MOON

MINTAGE: 250
Contains a piece of the NWA 2995 Achondrite (Lunar feldspathic breccia) Moon Meteorite found in Algeria 2005.


NWA 2995 MOON

MINTAGE: 250
Contains a piece of the NWA 2995 Achondrite (Lunar feldspathic breccia) Moon Meteorite found in Algeria 2005.


NWA 2986 MARS

MINTAGE: 250
Contains a piece of the NWA 2986 Mars meteorite found in Algeria 2006. The meteorite has been paired with NWA-2975 for classification.


NWA 2986 MARS

MINTAGE: 250
Contains a piece of the NWA 2986 Mars meteorite found in Algeria 2006.


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