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
Weight (g) 31.1 (1 oz)
Diameter (mm) 40.6
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 25.000
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
Weight range 1 oz - less than 2 oz
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.