Samoa 2014 1$ First Floating Coin - 50 years of Mars Mission BU 60 g Base-metal Coin

Samoa 2014 1$ First Floating Coin - 50 years of Mars Mission BU 60 g Base-metal Coin

 

  • First floating coin in history
  • 60 g base metal BU
  • Special floating technique
  • Sophisticated presentation case
  • Worldwide mintage – 5 000 pieces

 

€399.95
AS0021
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Country: Samoa Box: Yes Year of Issue: 2014
Coin Weight: 60 g CoA: Yes Face Value: 1 dollar
Dimensions: 50 mm Coin Accent: Glass and locket insert ID: AS0021
Quality: BU Mintage quantity: 5000 pcs Metal Description: Base-metal

This is a world premiere - the first floating coin in history - issued to honor the 50th Anniversary of Mars Mission! An electromagnet-based system that keeps the coin in a permanent floating state, makes it one of the world’s most innovative coin concepts of 2016. Struck from 60 g base metal BU, each coin is individually numbered and comes housed in a sophisticated packaging creating a planet-like atmosphere. The worldwide mintage is limited to 5 000 pieces.

The obverse of the antique finish coin features the coat of arms of Samoa (officially the Independent State of Samoa). It is surrounded by the following inscriptions: the face value of the coin and its issuing country.

Thanks to the special technique, the coin is permanently and slowly rotating in the air – it generates the realistic atmosphere of the Mars physical properties. On Nov. 28, 1964, NASA launched its first successful mission to the Red Planet. The historic Mariner 4 mission returned the first photos ever taken of another planet from deep space. The craft, launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, performed a flyby of Mars, making its closest approach on July 15, 1965. From a distance of about 6,000 miles, the craft captured 21 images of the planet's craggy surface.

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