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SPACE EXPLORATION Silver Tantalum Coin 500 Tenge Kazakhstan 2006


The bimetallic coin “Space” is dedicated to exploration of space conducted both by human spaceflights and by robotic spacecraft. While the observation of objects in space, known as astronomy, predates reliable recorded history, it was the development of large liquid-fueled rocket engines during the early 20th century that allowed physical space exploration to become a reality.

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Humans have always looked into the sky and wondered about what lies beyond the Earth. For many, their curiosity stops there. Others dream of journeying into space, exploring the Moon, landing on Mars, or travelling to distant Stars. The dream of space travel and exploration turned to reality in the 20th century. The first practical steps were at the start of the century, as rockets were developed to escape the gravity shield of home-planet Earth. In 1961, the first person, Yuri Gagarin, reached space. By the end of the century, thousands of Spacecrafts and hundreds of space travelers had been launched into space. For many, the dream continues. A new generation of space travelers ants to go further, stay longer, and learn more about Space.

  • CountryKazakhstan
  • Year2006
  • Face Value500 Tenge
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)41.4
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)4.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The reverse side of the coin features the image of the universe and an astronaut. Along the rim of the coin there is the legend “Space” in Kazakh, Russian and English as well as the inscription of the coin’s mintage year. On the obverse of the coin made of tantalum (the inner disc) and silver (the external ring) there is a semiabstract composition symbolizing the unity of a man and the universe and the connection of the past and present. There is also the inscription of the coin’s face value as well as the legends “Ag 925 ” and “14,6 gr.”, “Ta, 38,61 gr” indicating the designation of metal, its fineness and the coin’s pure weight. The lower part of the coin includes the trademark of Kazakhstan Mint of the National Bank of Kazakhstan. Along the rim of the coin there is the legend “Republic of Kazakhstan” both in Kazakh and English.