Chelyabinsk meteorite coin
Coin Invest Trust Company commissioned by the Cook Islands released Chelyabinsk meteorite coin with pieces of Chelyabinsk meteorite that exploded 15 February 2013 in the vicinity of Chelyabinsk at an altitude of 15-25 km. Coin denomination of $ 5 minted of proof quality, metal silver 925th sample. Coin weight 20 grams, diameter – 38.61 mm. Copies of issued coins – 2500 pieces. The obverse of the coin “Chelyabinsk meteorite” habitual image of a portrait of the British Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscription around the portrait – «ELIZABETH II», «COOK ISLANDS», «5 DOLLARS».
5-dollar-coin with the image of Chelyabinsk meteorite
Background reverse has presented in the form of a stylized image of broken glass, made in color. In the center of the image is located the eye watching the fall of the meteorite. In the center of the coin is inserted a small piece of the Chelyabinsk meteorite. The reverse inscription is «CHELYABINSK METEORITE 2013″, and geographical coordinates of falling – “54 º 49` N, 61 º 07 ‘E’.
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.
The coin has an interesting case, which looks more like a tin of caviar.