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1 oz. Pure Silver Coloured Coin with Meteorite - 150th Anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada- Mintage: 5,500 (2018)

1 oz. Pure Silver Coloured Coin with Meteorite - 150th Anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada- Mintage: 5,500 (2018)

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$149.95 CAD
Mintage: 5,500
STATUS:
Canada and US only

OUT OF THIS WORLD! Includes a real meteorite fragment on your coin! Order today!

Founded in 1868, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) has nurtured the passion of astronomers while fostering the curiosity of anyone who has ever looked up at the stars and wondered what lies beyond. We are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the RASC with an awe-inspiring (and scientifically accurate) reverse design that adds a photo-realistic twist to the Society’s sesquicentennial logo! To top it all off, the design includes an authentic meteorite fragment, which is a fitting tribute to the contributions of RASC members.

Own an extraterrestrial piece of our solar system—one that is potentially as old as Earth itself! Order today!

Special features:
  • YOUR VERY OWN METEORITE—NO TWO PIECES ARE ALIKE! A real piece of meteorite makes a big impact on your coin—since no two pieces are alike, no two coins are alike making your coin unique!
  • CELEBRATING CANADA’S SCIENTIFIC SPIRIT! A special 150th anniversary celebration of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada! Through the contributions of its 5,000 members, Canada’s leading association of amateur and professional astronomers remains dedicated to the advancement of astronomy and related sciences.
  • SOURCED FROM THE CAMPO DEL CIELO METEORITE FIELD! Your coin includes a GUARANTEED authentic meteorite fragment! Sourced from the Campo del Cielo meteorite field, your meteorite fragment likely made impact some 4,500 years ago, but it was originally part of an iron mass that is likely billions of years old.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE: The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
  • 1 OZ. PURE SILVER: Your coin is crafted from 99.99% pure silver!
  • LOW WORLDWIDE MINTAGE: Only 5,500 coins will be made available worldwide.
  • GST/HST EXEMPT: Your coin is GST/HST exempt.

Design:

Designed by Alexandra Lefort, your coin is a re-interpretation of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s sesquicentennial logo in a scientifically accurate, photorealism art style. The original logo features stars that allude to Canadian contributions to stellar spectroscopy and photometry, and a globular cluster that honours the scientific work of Helen Sawyer Hogg and Canada’s cooperative partnerships; both are colourfully re-imagined here as the Eagle Nebula—specifically the pillars of interstellar gas and dust known as the Pillars of Creation, where the formation of new stars is a symbolic representation of the RASC’s beginnings (and by extension, its anniversary).

A fixture in RASC public outreach efforts, the Moon was chosen to represent the lunar calendars of the First Nations peoples, and the navigational astronomy that guided many European discoverers during Canada’s early history. Beneath it, the Andromeda galaxy—the nearest major galaxy to our own—is a symbolic ode to Canadian contributions to cosmology.

Blazing as it burns through Earth’s upper atmosphere, the depiction of a meteor is topped by a genuine iron meteorite fragment sourced from the Campo del Cielo meteorite fields, where the impact craters date back an estimated 4,500 years. Both the meteorite and the view of the Manicouagan crater in Quebec are a nod to the RASC’s longstanding interest in the study of planet geology, meteor dynamics and impact cratering, and to the excellence of Canadian research in these fields. Always fascinating, the space-weather phenomenon of the aurora borealis adds a “True North” flourish that a design that encapsulates 150 years of exploring the cosmos. The reverse also includes the word “CANADA”, the double commemorative dates “1868–2018”, and the face value “20 DOLLARS”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

About the Meteorite

Front and center on your coin, the extraterrestrial piece of our solar system was sourced from the Campo del Cielo meteorite field in Argentina, where a large fragment was first documented in 1576. A polycrystalline coarse octahedrite, the IA iron meteorite was recovered from one of 26 impact craters formed roughly 4,500 years ago, when a shower of metallic meteorites dispersed fragments across an area of roughly 320 square kilometres. The typical composition of a Campo del Cielo meteorite is 92.7% iron, 6.15% nickel, 0.42% cobalt, 0.37% carbon and 0.28% phosphorus.

Packaging:

Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.

The stunning design on your coin resonates with all who share a passion for astronomy! Order today!

Reviews

Absolutely Wonderfully Created

5

This coin is an absolute must for those who believe that there is more than us in the Universe. It is totally unique and beautiful!

gr8greggy

Welland, Ontario

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Nice piece

5

Collection

Mobile

Toronto

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Unique!

5

Very unique gift to celebrate the RASC 150th especially with the certified piece of meteorite attached.

George

London, Ontario

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Unique design, striking....

5

Truly impressed with this coin... The design and pics are one of a kind... The display case design is right on the money... highlights the coin perfectly - however another ten bucks at this point for better material for the case would have been something the mint considered. Overall, the favourite in my collection at the moment.

ALF

Alberta

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Great coin

5

Great gift

RD

Mississauga

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Loose meteorite

2

Waited 4 months before the coin was shipped. The meteorite was loose and spinning around in the case. Ironic. Bought a meterior coin but didnt expect the metereor to be flying around. Will contact customer service for a replacement.

EricTO

Toronto, ON

Great.

5

Great

Peter

Montreal

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Good gift for folks interested in space or geology.

5

See above.

Watson

Canada

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yes

5

slow delivery but O,K,

REBEL

Essex county Ontario

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Beautiful coin with an amazing feature!

5

The coin has such an amazing and unique feature, an actual piece of space! But the coin feels a little tacky because of the print of everything else on the main face. Could do we with less prints and more carvings

Atom

Ontario

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167044en

4.8 85

97.5

How much do the meteorite fragments weigh on their own?

MTLtoPA

Hi and thanks for your question. They have an approximate weight of 1.38 grams.

Erica (Product Team)

Re the RASC 150 year coin just announced. Can you confirm what the fragment size will be? There is no way to check out the fragment before purchasing but if you are not satisfied is there a return option? The image on the web makes the background look quite stipulated or grainy. Can you send me a higher resolution picture or this is how the coin does look vs smooth contone imaging? I would like to promote the coin as I am in RASC but not certain the images show the quality. thank chris

chris

Hello Chris and thank you for your question. The sizes range from 8-10mm in diameter - no two pieces are the same! If you are close to our boutiques in Ottawa or Winnipeg you're welcome to come in to see them or you can try your local coin dealer or Canada Post outlet. Of course, if you're not satisfied with your coin, there is a return policy. The image on the web is an actual photo of one of the coins, so the zoom may be affecting the overall image. I hope you enjoy the coin! Thanks

Erica (Product Team)

Specifications

  • No.167044
  • Mintage5,500
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 31.39
  • Diameter (mm) 38
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value20 dollars
  • ArtistAlexandra Lefort (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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