Cook Island’s Asteroid Coin

30 Jun 2020  Tue

One of the most popular genres in modern coins over the last decade, meteorite coins also attracts a very high standard of quality. Chief among them is Numiscollects ‘Meteorites’ with Vesta as there subject matter.

Vesta resides in our systems asteroid belt and with a diameter of 525 kilometres, it’s one of the largest objects within it. Discovered by German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers on 29 March 1807, it was named after Vesta, the virgin goddess of home and hearth from Roman mythology. Vesta remains the brightest asteroid visible from Earth.

The reverse of the coin depicts an incredible view of the face of Vesta and its stunning impact craters with a beautiful meteorite on the bottom. At the centre of the coin is a beautifully coloured image of Vesta. On the top, the inscription: “VESTA, THE LARGEST ASTEROID” – the name of the coin.The coin features a genuine HED-meteorite insert on its surface.

The coin's design continues on the obverse that features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the left. All around the coin, the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “20 DOLLARS” – the face value, “COOK ISLANDS” – the issuing country and “2018” – the year of issue.

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