The Tucson Ring Meteorite Commemorative Coin


Approximate Measurements: 1.5″ in diamater
Additional Information: Stainless steel commemorative coin depicting the Tucson Ring meteorite, with an image of the Smithsonian Museum building, where the Tucson Ring currently resides,  on the reverse. Comes displayed in an attractive acrylic case with a stand.


Coins have a long history as a collectible, one far older than that of meteorites. Stories of the famed emperor Augustus collecting and gifting old and foreign coins appear in Suetonius’s De vita Caesarum, which was published in 121 AD. Modern coin collecting centers around a variety of approaches, including historical, artistic, topical, and economic. 

In 2004, Liberia made history as the first country to authorize the issue of a legal tender coin; a silver coin embedded with a piece of the NWA 267 meteorite. Multiple countries have followed suit, and meteorite collectors can now also add artistic commemorative coins, such as this, to their collections. 

An affordable alternative to silver coins, this coin depicting the ever mysterious Tucson Ring is made of stainless steel. 

“The Tucson Ring meteorite is a brezinaite meteorite fragment, first described by Bunch and Fuchs.[2] It was reported as one of several masses of virgin iron found at the foot of the Sierra de la Madera and transported to the plaza of Tucson, Arizona circa 1850, where it was used as an anvil in a blacksmith’s shop.” – sited Wikipedia



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