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SPUTNIK FIRST SPACE SATELLITE Silver Tantalum Coin 500 Tenge Kazakhstan 2007

The coin “The First Space Satellite of the Earth” is dedicated to the first man-made object that was successfully launched on the orbit of the earth in the course of an ambitious mission pursued by the Soviet Union to mark the International Geophysical Year: the Sputnik.

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SPACE EXPLORATION
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.
The launch of Sputnik marked the beginning of the Space Age, an era of space exploration, through advanced technology. It established the possibility of the use of artificial satellites for the purpose of exploring of the upper layers of the Earth's atmosphere. Sputnik signified a major breakthrough in scientific and technological advancements of the USSR, of that time.

  • Country
    Kazakhstan
  • Year
    2007
  • Face Value
    500 Tenge
  • Metal
    Silver
  • Fineness (purity)
    925/1000
  • Weight (g)
    41.4
  • Diameter (mm)
    38.61
  • Quality
    Proof
  • Mintage (pcs)
    4.000
  • Certificate (COA)
    Yes
  • Presentation case (box)
    Yes
The reverse side of the coin features the image of the first space satellite of the Earth. Sputnik is a Russian word which means 'traveling companion' or 'satellite'. The launch of Sputnik marked the beginning of the Space Age, an era of space exploration. Along the rim of the coin there is the legend “The First Space Satellite of the Earth” both in Kazakh and English. The lower part of the coin includes the inscriptions indicating the year of the first satellite’s launch and the coin’s mintage year. The lateral surface of the coin is grooved. 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.