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Atlas of Meteorites - Panda Fukang Meteorite 10 Yuans .999 silver, brilliant uncirculated.
Atlas of Meteorites is an outstanding series of classic bullion coins skillfully enriched with meteorite fragments. Each of them will be decorated with a piece of a meteorite from different regions of the world. Partially red gold plated, has an UV Printing.
Mintage: only 500 pcs. With box and COA.
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|Face Value :||10 Yuans|
|Metal :||.999 Fine silver|
|Weight :||30 g|
|Size :||40.00 mm|
|Quality :||Brilliant uncirculated|
|Mintage :||Only 500 pcs. worldwide|
|Series :||Atlas of Meteorites|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Original ETUI box/case :||Yes|
The Fukang meteorite is a meteorite that was found in the mountains near Fukang, China in 2000. It is a pallasite (a type of stony) iron meteorite with olivine crystals. It is estimated to be 4.5 billion years old.
In 2000, near Fukang, China, Asia, a Chinese dealer obtained a mass from Xinjiang Province, China, with a weight of 1,003 kilograms (2,211 lb; 157.9 st). He removed from the main mass about 20 kilograms (44 lb; 3.1 st), and in February 2005, the meteorite was taken to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, where it was seen by Dante Lauretta of University of Arizona.
The Fukang pallasite contains large, gem quality olivine, or peridot, in a nickel-iron matrix. Olivines vary in shape from rounded to angular, many are fractured and they range in size from less than five millimetres to several centimetres. The main mass contains several regions of massive olivine clusters up to eleven centimetres (4.3 inches) in diameter with thin metal veins.
A section weighing a total of 31 kilograms (68 lb; 4.9 st) of type specimen is on deposit at the University of Arizona. Marvin Killgore holds an additional section of the same total amount. An anonymous collector holds the balance of the main mass.
In April 2008, Bonhams offered the main mass for auction at their Manhattan auction. Bonhams expected to fetch US$2,000,000, but the lot remained unsold. A "window" area of 19 by 36 inches (480 mm × 910 mm) was cut and polished to provide a view into the gem areas of the meteorite.
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