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2015 $1 Niue Island “MOON” 1 oz. Silver Coin with Antique Finish – Ultra High Relief Convex Shape with Real Moon Meteorite

Author: K. Paul Sankey

The recent popularity of the domed or convex coin due to its unique shape and the ease in which it can be molded to symbolize the subject matter in ways a normal coin cannot, while still retaining the look of a coin, has caused mints from around the world to strike versions of their own. The domed coins first made its debut back in 2009 with France and their 10 Euro International Year of Astronomy silver proof coin. Until recently there were only a few more domed style coins struck with the most widely known being the Royal Australian Mint’s three coin Southern Sky series. In 2014 the United State Mint got involved with the extremely popular Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins. Now there are over 15 truly domed silver coins in circulation with over half minted in 2014 and early 2015. So the unique factor is quickly fading and for these to remain popular to collectors innovations need to be made. The subject matter for these types of coins has mainly revolved around, and done very well with, astronomy and sports with a few exceptions like one of the more recent releases – The National Bank of Poland’s 2015 100 Years of Warsaw University 14 gram Silver Proof Coin. Now the Mint of Poland is at it again, but setting themselves apart, with the Niue Island “Moon” Antique Finish Ultra High Relief 1 oz. .999 pure silver convex coin with a real moon meteorite!

2015 $1 Niue Island “MOON” 1 oz. Silver Coin with Antique Finish - Reverse

2015 $1 Niue Island “MOON” 1 oz. Silver Coin with Antique Finish – Reverse

2015 $1 Niue Island “MOON” 1 oz. Silver Coin with Antique Finish - Obverse

2015 $1 Niue Island “MOON” 1 oz. Silver Coin with Antique Finish – Obverse

The “MOON”

The 2015 Niue Island Moon Coin uses every detail, the ultra-high relief, antique finish and the shape of the convex coin to its advantage in creating the most visually stunning replica of the Earth’s only natural satellite. Due to the convex nature of this coin it is the first ever that shows 100% of the correct form and surface of the moon with multiple craters in high relief. No previous Moon coin has been able to accomplish this. The 2014 Congo Convex Moon Galileo coin does not show perfect relief or real atmosphere of the moon’s surface. The 2015 Niue Island Moon coin brings our moon to life with details and a 3D feeling in the palm of your hand. With only a mintage of 686, I feel due to the quality and subject matter of this coin demand will greatly outweigh this miniscule mintage. First Coin Company is the exclusive distributor for the United States and the official distributor worldwide. They are taking pre-orders for 169.90$ with expected delivery in April but this price may not last after the first few days of sales due to this unique design with real moon meteorite – The lunar slice that inlay in each coin is believed by scientists to have been ejected from the moon’s crust after a large impact event – and a very limited mintage. This is also the first coin of a new unique series about the Solar System.

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2015 $1 Niue Island “MOON” 1 oz. Silver Coin with Antique Finish

The Moon (Latin: Luna) is Earth’s only natural satellite. Although not the largest natural satellite in the Solar System, among the satellites of major planets it is the largest relative to the size of the object it orbits (its primary). It is the second-densest satellite among those whose densities are known (after Jupiter’s satellite Io).

The Moon is thought to have formed approximately 4.5 billion years ago, not long after Earth. Although there have been several hypotheses for its origin in the past, the current most widely accepted explanation is that the Moon formed from the debris left over after a giant impact between Earth and a Mars-sized body.

The Moon is in synchronous rotation with Earth, always showing the same face with its near side marked by dark volcanic Maria that fill between the bright ancient crustal highlands and the prominent impact craters. It is the second-brightest regularly visible celestial object in Earth’s sky (after the Sun), as measured by illuminance on Earth’s surface. Although it can appear a very bright white, its surface is actually dark, with a reflectance just slightly higher than that of worn asphalt. Its prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases has, since ancient times, made the Moon an important cultural influence on language, calendars, art, and mythology.

The Moon’s gravitational influence produces the ocean tides and the slight lengthening of the day. The Moon’s current orbital distance is about thirty times the diameter of Earth, causing it to have an apparent size in the sky almost the same as that of the Sun. This allows the Moon to cover the Sun nearly precisely in total solar eclipse. This matching of apparent visual size is a coincidence. The Moon’s linear distance from Earth is currently increasing at a rate of 3.82 ± 0.07 centimeters (1.504 ± 0.028 in) per year, but this rate is not constant.

The Soviet Union’s Luna programme was the first to reach the Moon with unmanned spacecraft in 1959; the United States’ NASA Apollo program achieved the only manned missions to date, beginning with the first manned lunar orbiting mission by Apollo 8 in 1968, and six manned lunar landings between 1969 and 1972, with the first being Apollo 11. These missions returned over 380 kg of lunar rocks, which have been used to develop a geological understanding of the Moon’s origin, the formation of its internal structure, and its subsequent history. After the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, the Moon has been visited by only unmanned spacecraft. [Excerpt from First Coin Company’s product page]

North West Africa 8609

North West Africa 8609

MOON meteorite NWA 8609:

The lunar slice that inlay in each coin is taken from NWA 8609 or North West Africa 8609 which is an official meteorite name. Scientists believe this meteorite had been ejected from the moon’s crust after a large impact event. It was discovered in 2014 and reportedly found in Morocco.  NWA 8605’s Classification is Lunar meteorite (feldspathic breccia) – A lunar meteorite is a meteorite that is known to have originated on the Moon. This is 1 of 54 approved meteorites of this classification. It was found in one piece with a mass of 45 grams, 9.0 grams were taken from the main mass for testing and verification – those 9.0 g, including a probe mount, is on deposit at the University of New Mexico, Institute of Meteoritics.

Physical characteristics of the meteorite are that it’s was a single stone with a dark brown, irregular weathered surface. A saw cut reveals a range of light and dark mm-size clasts and mineral fragments set in a dark-gray matrix.

Moon Coins

Why should you be interested in this coin?

  • Extremely limited (686 coins maximum)
  • Piece of real moon meteorite inset in coin
  • Antique finish
  • Ultra high relief domed/convex coin
  • Three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver)
  • First coin in a new Solar System series
  • Luxury themed wooden box and C.O.A. included

Specs

  • Country: Niue Island
  • Metal: 1 Troy oz. of 99.9% pure silver
  • Finish: Antique
  • Diameter: 38.61mm
  • Edge: Smooth
  • Denomination: 1 Dollar
  • Year of Issue: 2015
  • Mintage: 686

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2015 Niue Island “MOON” Coin