Meteorite Impacts: Viñales

Cook Islands. 5 dollars 2020. Silver .999. 1 oz. 33mm. Proof. Mintage: 2,500. Special technology: smartminting© with an embedded piece of a meteorite. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.

Description of the Coin

One side is a realistic depiction of a meteorite impact with an embedded piece of a meteorite. Above the legend VIÑALES METEORITE / 22˚ 37′ 17″ N / 83˚ 44′ 57″ W

The other side of the meteorite coin features the portrait of Elizabeth II, below IRB (= Ian Rank-Broadley), around it the legend ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS COOK ISLANDS 2020.

Background

Since 2004, CIT Coin Invest has been using the Meteorite Impacts series to find the best ways possible to integrate a meteorite inlay into a coin’s design by means of the latest technology. Whether it be the color application, special shapes of the blank, or an artificial crack – their inlay isn’t the only reason why these coins are technological masterpieces. Issues of this series have already received two awards from international experts. The 16th issue follows this tradition. Thanks to enhanced smartminting© technology, this 2020 issue has an ultra-high relief as no other has had before: the designers created a three-dimensional reconstruction of the meteorite impact on the coin.

This issue is dedicated to the meteorite fall at Viñales in Cuba, the world’s most recent event of this kind. It occurred on February 1, 2019. The media all around the world reported that the about 27,000 inhabitants of the tourist town saw a miles-long trail of smoke long before the impact of the meteorite startled them. When it became known what had happened, they set out on a meteor hunt, which the government ended by spreading the news that it was dangerous to collect the rocks that had fallen from the sky because they were radioactive.

Of course, that was not true. Quite the opposite: it is rather likely that the joy of holding such an impressive piece of contemporary astronomical history in one’s hands has a positive impact on your health.

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Further Information

www.cit.li/coins/vinales-meteorites
 

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