June 28, 2018 | by: Aaron Armstrong

Royal Canadian Mint unveils $20 coin containing small chunk of actual Meteorite

The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled a new coin that has a chip of a legit meteorite in it –marking the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s 150th anniversary.



The fragments in each coin aren’t actually from a Canadian meteorite, though — they had to use the centuries-old Argentinian Campo del Cielo iron meteorite — due to lack of meteorites from Canada to break apart.

There are approximately 5,500 meteorite coins that’ll start shipping to North American buyers in August.

These $20 coins will sell for about $150 each.



*Photo source: The Canadian Press; Royal Canadian Mint