Third and final Pure Silver coin...
The final release from The Perth Mint’s innovative Orbit and Beyond Series celebrates the launch of the first space shuttle, The Space Shuttle Columbia. Series features another extraordinary reverse featuring a design that literally ‘orbits’ around a central image of the Earth.
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As NASA’s first re-useable launch vehicle, Columbia heralded the start of a new era in space exploration. The revolutionary craft took off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on 12 April 1981, with Commander John W. Young and Pilot Robert L. Crippen at the controls. Completing 37 Earth orbits during its 1,074,567 mile flight, Columbia glided back to Earth and landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on 14 April.
Celebrating the launch of the first space shuttle, the final release from the Orbit and Beyond Series features another extraordinary reverse featuring a design that literally "orbits" around a central image of the Earth.