The Central Bank of the Russian Federation have issued (1st December) a commemorative 10 Ruble coin which marks the 50th year anniversary of the first man to venture into outer space.
Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was launched into orbit on the 12th April 1961 and made history as the first human being ever to travel in outer space on “Vostok 1” which was part of the space program of the then-Soviet Union. He was safely returned to Earth just after about two hours orbiting the planet and became an international figure and hero of the USSR. Sadly, Gagarin was killed on the 27th March 1968 when a MiG 15 training jet he was piloting crashed.
The obverse of the coin which is designed by artist A.A. Brynsa depicts the image of a launching space rocket, to the left of the rocket is a representation of a planet. The circular inscription “50 ЛЕТ ПЕРВОГО ПОЛЕТА ЧЕЛОВЕКА В КОСМОС” (50 years of the man’s first space flight) is positioned along the rim. The reverse design includes the face value of the coin “10 РУБЛЕЙ” (10 Rubles). Inside of the numeral “0” is a hidden image of the figure “10” and of the inscription “РУБ” (RUB) which becomes visible when tilting or changing the angle of vision. Above the numeral is the inscription “БАНК РОССИИ” (Bank of Russia) and below is the year of issue “2011”. To the left of the main numeral is a stylized image of an olive branch, and to the right is an oak branch.
The coin is minted at the St. Petersburg Mint of the Russian Federation and is produced in a brass galvanized steel material with a weight of 5.6 grams and a diameter of 22 mm. The mintage is legislated to 50,000,000 pieces and will circulate along with the current definitive design.
For more information on this and other coins issued and sold by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, please visit their website at: http://www.cbr.ru/eng/bank-notes_coins/Base_of_memorable_coins/coins.asp?cat_num=5714-0010