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Fiji Cosmic Fireballs Chassigny $10 2013 Encased Mars Meteorite Fragments Mintage 999

Issued as a legal-tender $10 coin under authority of the Government of Fiji, only 999 of these coins were struck in 2013. Encased in a clear plastic container within the coin are several pieces of the Chassigny meteorite. Each coin is individually numbered on its edge and was struck from 20 grams of .999 fine silver. The coins measure 40 mm in diameter and comes in its original mint packaging with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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Chassigny is a Mars meteorite which fell on October 3, 1815 at about 8:00 am, in Chassigny, Haute-Marne, France. Its is an olivine cumulate rock consisting almost entirely of olivine with inter-cumulus pyroxene, feldspar, and oxides. Chassigny was the only known chassignite until NWA2737 was found in the Moroccan Sahara in northwest Africa. Chassigny is particularly important because, unlike most SNCs, it contains noble gas compositions different from the current Martian atmosphere. These differences are presumably due to its cumulate nature.
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