I received an email this week from literature dealer John Burns. In reply to last week's E-Sylum issue, he responded "Yes". Uh, OK ... yes, what??
If this were Jeopardy, the question would have to be, "Are you a pain in the @ss, or what?"
It turns out he was referring to the question
"Has there ever been a coin, token or medal made from ore from a meteorite? "
Somewhat more helpfully Larry Korchnak writes:
I know of medals that contain a piece of a meteorite in their center.
I went to eBay and bought one. So, they are still available. I Googled a bit and discovered that there is a coin from the Cook Islands that has a piece of a meteor in it.
Eric Holcomb writes:
In regard to the meteorite question, I’m almost certain the answer is yes, and I think I have one, although I can’t locate it right now. It’s a medal commemorating the 1985-1986 apparition of Comet Halley, made from iron-nickel meteoritic material. There are also a few more recent coins or medals with small bits of meteoritic material attached, as I recall.
Kavan Ratnatunga writes:
In particular see the Perth Mint 2009 Australian NCLT. See
Thanks! On the topic of Moon rock, Kavan offers the following
The moon rocks were encased in an acrylic button. Please see these links:
I did track down the Goodwill rock in Colombo Museum and provided image.
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