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jakob Terweij
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posted 12-10-2012 05:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jakob Terweij   Click Here to Email jakob Terweij     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there anybody out there who is interested in Soviet/Russian coins and medals? Or am I the only one?

I am collecting Soviet/Russian coins/pins and medallions since 1960.

cspg
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posted 12-10-2012 06:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where do you buy them? And how do they look like?

tnperri
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posted 12-10-2012 07:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have quite a few of the flown-metal medallions. There are plenty of russian coins, medals or pins on ebay.

Rocket Chris
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posted 12-11-2012 06:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocket Chris   Click Here to Email Rocket Chris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most popular are the Buran medals (1000 pcs), Energija (800pcs) and the Yuri Gagarin honoring medals (200000?!).

Any other with flown material or even entirely flown?

tnperri
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posted 12-11-2012 06:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is my current list of flown:

????Space Flight CCPhobos/International Mars
metal from ship flown in space
????
????Space Flight CCSoyuz/Salyut-6
metal from ship flown in space
????
1961????Gagarin's Rocket
Claims to be made from fragments of missile stage (gas bags) which fell to the ground
????
1975????Apollo/Soyuz Soviet set of 6
Metal flown on 1975 mission
????
1975Space Flight CCRussian 1975 ASTP
metal from ship flown in space
????
1978Space Flight CCSoyus-31/Salyut-6 Reduga Experiment
metal from ship flown
????
1987Space Flight CCIntercosmos 20th Anniversary
metal from ship flown in space
????
1987????Open Cosmos 5 medal set
metal from ship flown in space
????
1988CosmodromeBaiknrEnergia Maiden Launch
Metal from 1st launch
800
1988Space-EarthSpace Shuttle Buran
metal from the shuttle Buran
1000
1988????60MM Space Shuttle Buran
metal from the shuttle Buran
????
1991CosmodromeBaiknrGagarin 30th Anniversay160,000
1992Lenningrad MintColumbus Star
Metal flown on the Zvesda Kolumba
????
1994Memorial MuseumOrbit Ship Buran
Metal from MIR Launch rockets
1000
1994Memorial MuseumGagarin/Vostok 1
Metal from MIR Launch rockets
1000
1994Memorial MuseumOrbit Station Mir
Metal from MIR Launch rockets
1000
2001CosmodromeBaiknrGagarin 40th Anniversary12,000
2005Samara IndustrialSputnik 5 45th
unknown metal flown
????
2006Samara IndustrialSputnik 9 45th
unknown metal flown
????
2007Samara IndustrialSputnik 2 45th
unknown metal flown
????

DougS
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posted 06-27-2013 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DougS   Click Here to Email DougS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a table medal from 1969 made for the builders of the N-1 lunar launch vehicle. Only 50 were made and they were made from metal used in the construction of the N-1.

tnperri
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posted 06-27-2013 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Doug, can you post a picture. I'd be very interested in it. Thanks.

DougS
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posted 06-27-2013 10:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DougS   Click Here to Email DougS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Russian
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posted 07-17-2013 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This N-1 medal was produced to celebrate the end of the launcher's pad building. Nothing to do with the launcher itself!

At list 100 were minted for the State Commission visit to Baikonur. Rather rare.

DougS
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posted 07-18-2013 04:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DougS   Click Here to Email DougS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Russian - Thank you for the info! Here is all the research (PDF) I've been able to find on the N-1 table medal.

I'd truly appreciate any additional information you may have on the medal (along with sources, if possible) so I can update my research. Thank you very much!

Russian
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posted 07-19-2013 06:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
General Katayev sold his medal or more to Panchenko I'm sure! That's why he gave completely subjective information to him so as to increase the price... Panchenko also used crazy prices.

As for three people on the medal there is one worker or engineer, one soldier (they built the pad) and one cosmonaut to symbolise Soviet conquest of space. If you cut the medal you will find red metal inside (Cu). No metal taken from the launcher!

I will try to find out how many were minted.

DougS
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posted 08-05-2013 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DougS   Click Here to Email DougS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you again for the additional information and clarification on the three figures!

The inside is copper? Very interesting!!!

Lev M
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posted 08-17-2013 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lev M   Click Here to Email Lev M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The second person on the N-1 medal doesn't look as a soldier to me. The hat is wrong. I would expect a worker and a peasant/farmer - the famous and important part of the USSR ideology. The top symbol confirms this idea.

The third one is a cosmonaut because of the subject and because of having his roots from the working and farmer classes (another ideological thing).

Russian
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posted 09-03-2013 08:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dear friends! I would like to inform you that in the USSR soldiers who served in hot climate places and Republics of the Soviet Union had in their dress court for summer a kind of panama to be well protected against sun rays... So on the medal you can see the soldier in this panama!

If you look through the photos on Baikonur building you can see photos with soldiers in panama. Amen!

Lev M
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posted 09-03-2013 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lev M   Click Here to Email Lev M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry, but I have to disagree with you unless you can show some photos with Russian soldiers wearing the same "panamas."

I have a friend who spent two years being a soldier in Baikonur and his panama looked like this one.

Russian
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posted 09-04-2013 07:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Look at your own pictures of the panama. Even the black ribbon is well seen on the panama.

The medal isn't produced by Moscow or Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Mint, that's why we have this shape of the panama. But if you personally, Lev, prefer peasant... please stay there.

In the Soviet and Russian space industry the expression "Peasant in space" is used to say that somebody is not skilled or just competent in his profession! Unfortunately now there is a big Kolkhoz (farm) of them in Russia...

The forum is used to share information or opinions. I gave here some information and you gave your opinion. Good for you!

Lev M
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posted 09-04-2013 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lev M   Click Here to Email Lev M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had to go back to the pdf file above for a better picture and ... well... I have to agree with you. That "ribbon" is actually a chin strap, so you are right, this is a solder.

Regarding your opinion about "peasant in space" (please don't forget it was a part of the worker-peasant ideology) I can't agree with it but this is off-topic here.

DougS
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posted 09-04-2013 03:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DougS   Click Here to Email DougS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks again for the info!

I'll start updating my pdf to reflect the changes.

I did go back and looked at my correspondence with Michael Rose, who I bought the medal from. I need to correct the section about what the medal is made of. Michael did mention that it was made from an alloy containing metal from an N-1, not pure N-1 metal as I thought. Completely my error.

Russian, were you able to find out what the production number was for the medal — 50 or 100?

Also, do you know the name of the artist who designed the medal? Thanks again!

SpaceCadet1983
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posted 09-04-2013 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet1983   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet1983     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, Doug, the information I gave you on the content of the medal was based on the seller's listing on eBay at the time I purchased it.

Russian
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posted 09-05-2013 03:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They produced about 100 medals but no more. It's completely unknown where they minted them and who was the artist. They were ordered and brought to Baikonur for the acceptance review state commission by the militaries who were responsible for all the construction works. Space industry (Ministry of General Machine Building) were also in the commission.

I'm pretty sure no N-1 metal inside! Russians never drink before the flight! They are really superstitious... And the mint never used special alloys. The used only existing metal they had. I have one "cut" medal and will put the copper side on the forum.

Russian
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posted 09-13-2013 05:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here you can see the copper side of the medal.

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