YURI GAGARIN First Man In Space Silver Coin 1$ Cook Islands 2008

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The second release from The Perth Mint’s innovative Orbit and Beyond Series celebrates Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut and national hero, who became the first human in space and the first to orbit the Earth on 12 April 1961.

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Country Cook Islands
Year 2008
Face Value 1 Dollar
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 31.1 (1 oz)
Diameter (mm) 40.6
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 25.000
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
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Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934 – 1968), Hero of the Soviet Union, was a Soviet cosmonaut. On April 12 1961, he took off from Baikonur cosmodrome towards where no human had been before: the outer space. On board the spacecraft Vostok 1, he became the first person to see with his own eyes that the Earth is indeed round and mostly covered with water. During a short but intense 108 minutes flight, Gagarin orbited once around the Earth at 18,000 miles an hour. Eventually, he ejected from the capsule and landed by parachute on an agricultural area of Saratov region. He received medals from around the world for his pioneering tour in space.

Each coin, which is protected by an acrylic capsule, is housed in an elliptical-shaped silver display case. The case comes in a blue box shipper with a lid depicting the famous cosmonaut.

The coin’s reverse comprises the border inscription 1961 FIRST MAN IN SPACE – YURI GAGARIN and a montage of coloured images symbolising his epic journey. Blasting-off in Vostok 1 from Baikonur in Soviet central Asia, Gagarin completed a single orbit of the Earth in 108 minutes before re-entering the atmosphere and parachuting back to the Soviet Union.
Thanks to the coin’s unique construction, these design elements literally ‘orbit’ around a coloured representation of Earth.
Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of the Cook Islands, the coin's obverse depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2008 year-date and the monetary denomination surrounding another coloured image of the Earth.