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Silver 925 coin commemorates the Pultusk meteorite fall in 1868. Cook Islands issued this special coin with original piece of the Pultusk meteorite inside.
Mintage: 2,500 pieces worldwide.
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|Country :||Cook Islands|
|Face Value :||5 Dollars|
|Metal :||.925 Silver|
|Weight :||25 g|
|Size :||38.61 mm|
|Quality :||Proof antique finish|
|Mintage :||2,500 pcs. worldwide|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Wooden Box :||No|
|Original ETUI box/case :||No|
Pultusk is an H5 ordinary chondrite meteorite which fell on 30 January 1868 in Poland. The event has been known as the stony meteorite shower with the largest number of pieces yet recorded in history. Made up of rocky debris, it consists of pyroxene or olivine chondrules deployed in mass plagioclase, there being also kamacite.
The fall occurred on January 30, 1868 at 7:00 pm near the town of Pułtusk, about 60 kilometres (37 mi) northeast of Warsaw. Thousands of people witnessed a large fireball followed by detonations and a very large shower of small fragments falling on ice, land and houses within an area of about 127 sq km. The estimated number of fragments was 68,780.
The fragments ranged in weight from half a gram to 9.095 kilograms (20.05 lb) (the largest specimen). The overall estimated mass of the meteorites was 8,863 kilograms (19,540 lb). The vast majority of the fragments were small (few grams), known as Pultusk Peas. The Pultusk meteorite is the largest stony meteorite shower ever recorded.
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