The 50th Anniversary of the Beginning the Moon Research by Space Equipment

The 50th Anniversary of the Beginning the Moon Research by Space Equipment

The 50th Anniversary of the Beginning the Moon Research by Space Equipment

Catalogue Number: 5111-0180

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Date of issue: 11.01.2009
Denomination: 3 rubles
Currency: ruble
Metal, finenes: silver, 925/1000
Total weight, G: 31.10
Diameter, mm: 39,00 (0,30)
Thickness, mm: 3,10 (0,35)
Mintage, pcs: 3000
Proof: Proof
Description

The obverse: in the centre - the emblem of the Bank of Russia [the two-headed eagle with wings down, under it - the semicircular inscription " " (BANK OF RUSSIA)] framed by a circle of dots and inscriptions along the rim - on top: " " (THREE RUBLES), below: to the left - indications of the precious metal and its fineness, in the centre - the year of issue "2009 ." (2009), to the right - the fine metal content and the mint trade mark.

The reverse: to the left - the fragment of Moon's surface, to the right against the background of the celestial sky - the image of a space apparatus and colored depiction of planet of the Earth, inscriptions along the rim - on the mirror surface of celestial sky: "50- " (THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEGINNING THE MOON'S RESEARCH) and on the matted surface of the Moon: " " (BY SPACE EQUIPMENT).

The artist: S.A. Kozlov.
The sculptor: F.S. Andronov.
Mint: Saint Petersburg Mint ().
The edge: 300 corrugations.

The program "Luna" (The Moon) envisaged three generations of space equipment. The first one was targeted in 1959 on reaching the Moon and getting photos of its backside. The goal of the second series (1963-1968 .) was the launching The Moon's artificial satelliet. The aim of the third one (1969-1976 .) was the delivery of self-propelled apparatuses "Lunokhod" linked from the Earth to the surface of the Moon.