The Canadian Press
MONTREAL–The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled a pure silver coin containing a small chip from a meteorite to mark the 150th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
The society’s executive director, Randy Attwood, said each one-oz. coin contains a small chunk of the Campo del Cielo iron meteorite, which fell onto Argentinian soil centuries ago.
He said the mint had to go with an Argentinian rock because there aren’t enough meteorites in Canada to break up and stick on a coin.
Attwood noted the mint has 5,500 meteorite coins that it will start shipping in August to customers in the U.S. and Canada for about $150 each.
Canada Post also will be issuing two astronomy stamps tomorrow to celebrate the astronomical society, which was founded in 1868.
The stamps will feature photos of the Milky Way and the northern lights taken by astronomical society members.