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Jacques van Oene

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From: Houten, The Netherlands
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posted 10-02-2007 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Central Bank of the Russian Federation release

On October 1, 2007 the Central Bank of the Russian Federation puts into circulation a silver proof commemorative coin of 3 Rubles denomination dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of launching the first artificial Earth satellite.

The Description of the Coin of Precious Metal:

The silver coin of 3 Rubles denomination dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of launching the first artificial Earth satellite (fine metal content 31.1 g, fineness 925/1000, catalogue number 5111-0162, diameter 39.0 mm, mintage 10 000 pcs.).

The rim is raised on both sides of the coin.

The obverse: the relief picture of the Emblem of the Bank of Russia - the two-headed eagle with wings down and the semicircular inscription under it "БАНК РОССИИ" (BANK OF RUSSIA). The inscriptions along the rim divided by dots indicate the denomination of the coin "ТРИ РУБЛЯ" (THREE RUBLES) and the year of issue "2007", between them - the indication of the metal sign in accordance with the Mendeleyev Periodic System of chemical elements, the fineness, the mint mark of the Moscow Mint and the fine metal content.

The reverse: relief images of the first artificial Earth satellite, the Globe and stars. The inscriptions along the rim: to the left in two lines - "ПЕРВЫЙ ИСКУССТВЕННЫЙ СПУТНИК ЗЕМЛИ" (THE FIRST ARTIFICIAL EARTH SATELLITE), to the right - "4 ОКТЯБРЯ 1957 г." (THE 4th OF OCTOBER 1957).

The edge of the coin is corrugated.


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posted 10-04-2007 06:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know how to obtain a couple of these for those of us in the lower half of the world?

I'd love to add a pair to my collection


Wellington, New Zealand

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posted 10-04-2007 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spkane   Click Here to Email spkane     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I echo Craig's question: can anyone help with information on how to order this coin?



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From: South Bend, IN United States of America
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posted 10-04-2007 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ditto the others.

The Central Federation Bank apparently is not into selling coins like the US Mint is! I had to follow links here to even see the announcement on their website!

Sheesh! So much for CAPITALISM!


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posted 10-04-2007 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacepsycho   Click Here to Email Spacepsycho     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I went to the BofR website, sent emails to multiple addresses, asking about these coins, but all were kicked back as undeliverable. So much for Russian computer technology.

The banks address is:

12 Neglinnaya Street, Moscow, 107016 Russia

I'm guessing if their email service is any indication of their snail mail service, you should hear back from them, about the time that a Russian cosmonaut is stepping foot on the moon.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 10-04-2007 06:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My e-mail to the bank, sent today, has not (yet) been bounced, but I also wrote them with a Russian Cyrillic translation. I have also made contact with a U.S.-based possible source for these coins and will report back when I have more information.

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posted 10-19-2007 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jaaph   Click Here to Email jaaph     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a coin-dealer in Germany who is selling this coin. The email address is

There is another space coin from Russia: K.E. Tsiolkovsky and a scheme of two flight vehicles against the background of the Earth and starry sky.

The Czech mint has also made a coin about the Sputnik.

If you are a collector of space coins, I made a catalogue with more than 450 different space coins.


posted 01-01-2008 05:11 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those looking for the Russian 50th anniversary 2007 silver 3-rouble commemorative coin - russiancoinshop currently has one listed on eBay for $74.95 or Best Offer, plus $5.00 for shipping. The seller also has the K. Tsiolkovsky 2007 silver 2-rouble commemorative coin and the set of 3 Russian Space Forces 2007 silver 1-rouble commemorative coins. Happy New Year!

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