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60th Anniversary of the Launching of the First Earth Satellite


Putting into circulation : 29 August 2017
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5 nickel silver 16.54 35,0 special uncirculated corrugated 50000 50000

Series: Cosmic Ukraine Series
This coin celebrates the launch of the first earth satellite. The satellite emitted a radio signal on two frequencies and studied the upper layers of the ionosphere. Worldwide, radio enthusiasts tracked the sound signals transmitted by the satellite. It was visible as a first-magnitude star even to the naked eye. The satellite launch is said to have marked the start of the space age. Ukrainian scientists and designers contributed to the satellite`s development and launch, which was headed by the spaceflight pioneer Sergei Korolev.
Retail price, Hryvnas: 51

Obverse: against a smooth background is a color conventionalized image of the planet Earth (pad-printed); beneath in a semicircle are Ukraine`s small coat of arms, the legend УКРАЇНА (Ukraine), the face value 5 ГРИВЕНЬ (5 hryvnias), the issue year 2017, and the mint mark of the NBU Banknote Printing and Minting Works.
Reverse: there are the satellite`s conventionalized image and the legend 60-РІЧЧЯ ЗАПУСКУ ПЕРШОГО СУПУТНИКА ЗЕМЛІ (60 years since the launch of the first earth satellite) (semicircular to the right).
Designer: Volodymyr Taran , Oleksandr Kharuk , Serhii Kharuk
Engraver: програмне моделювання:Віталій Андріянов
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