|Country: Niue||Metal Purity: 999||Box: Yes|
|Year of Issue: 2018||Weight: 31.1 g||CoA: Yes|
|Face Value: 1 dollar||Dimensions: 38.61||Coin Accent: Antique Finish, Stone insert|
|ID: NU0988||Quality: Antique finish|
|Mintage quantity: 666 pcs|
Starting a new line in space-themed collections, this unique coin is dedicated to one of the most important issues of the nearest future, the space mining. Thanks to the amazing design of the coin, we can imagine how this process might look like in reality. This silver 999 antique finish coin features detailed high relief and includes two real chondrite meteorite inserts. The worldwide mintage of this coin is limited to only 666 pieces worldwide.
The obverse side of the coins features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, encircled by the inscriptions: the face value the metal fineness, the country and the year of issue.
The high relief artwork on the reverse side shows a detailed scene with the space miners, satellites and a space station. The meteorite image in the front includes two chondrite inserts. As the resources on Earth are becoming increasingly scarce, the humankind has considered asteroid mining since the dawn of the space era. Various minerals such as gold, iridium, silver, osmium, platinum and many others can be found in asteroids in significant amounts. However, the launch and high transportation costs are one of the main challenges in attempts to start such projects.