2011 Niue 1 oz Silver $2 Coin First Man in Space
Mintage of only 5,000 coins!
New Zealand Mint is proud to announce this coin issue celebrating the first man in space as part of the Conquest of Space series. Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human being to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed a single orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961.
With permission from Alexei Leonov presented on this coin in magnificent color is a reproduction of his original painting that illustrated this historic achievement. Engraved in 3D relief is the space ship Vostok 1 which Yuri Gagarin used to orbit the earth. The coin is presented in a fold out picture with box and certificate of authenticity.