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Meteorites - Moon, The Earth Satellite $20 3oz .999 pure silver, antique finish.
This beautiful coin is the second issue in the "Meteorites" series and features a genuine Moon meteorite insert and a stunning ultra high detailed relief minted in lens form. Ultra deep crater, colouring, glass inlay.
Mintage: only 333 pcs. worldwide. With box and numbered COA.
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|Country :||Cook Islands|
|Face Value :||20 Dollars|
|Metal :||.999 Fine silver|
|Weight :||3 oz|
|Size :||65.00 mm|
|Quality :||Proof antique finish|
|Mintage :||Only 333 pcs. worldwide|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Original ETUI box/case :||Yes|
The Earth’s only natural satellite, the Moon is the largest in the solar system relative to the planet it orbits. The second densest after Jupiter’s Io, it’s thought to have formed just after the Earth around 4.5 billion years ago from an impact between a Mars-sized body and the Earth itself.
Set in synchronous rotation with the Earth, always showing its same face, the moon’s gravitational influence produces the ocean tides and is arguably a huge factor in the appearance of life on our planet. 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.
One of the major geologic processes that has affected the Moon’s surface is impact cratering, with craters formed when asteroids and comets collide with the lunar surface. There are estimated to be roughly 300,000 craters wider than 1 km on the Moon’s near side alone. Obviously, this leaves plenty of debris and when a new object impacts the lunar surface, some of that debris is ejected back into space. Occasionaly, it lands on Earth.
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