2007 Cook Islands 1 oz Silver Sputnik Orbital (Orbit & Beyond)

2007 Cook Islands 1 oz Silver Sputnik Orbital (Orbit & Beyond)

First release in the five-coin Orbit & Beyond Series. Mintage of only 25,000 coins!

This silver bi-metallic coin features in color Apollo 11 during different phases of its historic mission and an astronaut’s footprint on the surface of the Moon. These elements, which appear on a colored representation of the Universe, together with the border inscription 1969 "FIRST MAN ON THE MOON", literally ‘orbit’ around a colored image of Earth. the famous satellite in orbit. Thanks to the unique construction of the ‘orbital’ coin, Sputnik literally revolves around an image of the Earth. The design also includes the border inscription SPUTNIK 50TH ANNIVERSARY 1957-2007. The Raphael Maklouf likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse.
Each coin is housed in an elliptical-shaped silver display case also contains a numbered CoA. The case comes in a blue box-shipper depicting a Shuttle blast-off.
The first release from The Perth Mint’s exciting 5-Coin Orbit and Beyond Series takes advantage of a revolutionary new design concept – the ‘orbital’ coin
The coin celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Sputnik, which was launched by the Soviet Union on 4 October 1957. The first man-made satellite to orbit the world, Sputnik’s success triggered the Space Race and efforts to realize the ultimate dream of landing men on the Moon.

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