SHUTTLE COLUMBIA First In Space Silver Coin 1$ Cook Islands 2010

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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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Specifications
Country Cook Islands
Year 2010
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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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.

 
Design
The coin’s coloured reverse portrays a montage of images symbolising a Space Shuttle launching into orbit. The design, which includes the border inscription 1981 - FIRST SPACE SHUTTLE, "orbits" around a coloured representation of Earth.
The coin's obverse depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2010 year date and the monetary denomination surrounding another coloured image of Earth.

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