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The 50th Anniversary of Launching the First Artificial Earth Satellite

Date of Issue
Catalogue number
Date of Issue
Catalogue number
3 rubles
Metal, fineness
Silver 925/1000
Total weight, g
33.94 (±0.31)
Fine metal content not less than, g
Diameter, mm
39.00 (±0.30)
Thickness, mm
3.30 (±0.35)
Mintage, pcs


in the centre – the emblem of the Bank of Russia [the two-headed eagle with wings down, under it – the semicircular inscription "БАНК РОССИИ" (BANK OF RUSSIA)] framed by a circle of dots and inscriptions along the rim - on top: "ТРИ РУБЛЯ" (THREE RUBLES), below: to the left – indications of the precious metal and its fineness, in the centre – the year of issue "2007 г." (2007), to the right – the fine metal content and the mint trade mark.


below against the background of the starry sky – the globe, above it – the first Artificial Earth Satellite, to the right, from below upwards along the rim – the stylized image of the near-earth orbit of the Satellite drawn by matted line with the date on it "The 4th of October 1957"; to the left – the inscription along the rim in two lines: "ПЕРВЫЙ ИСКУССТВЕННЫЙ СПУТНИК ЗЕМЛИ" (THE FIRST ARTIFICIAL EARTH SATELLITE).


The artists: V.M. Yerokhin, A.V. Malokostova
The sculptor: Computer simulation.
Moscow Mint (ММД).
The edge: 300 corrugations.

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The First Artificial Earth Satellite was launched in the Soviet Union from the Space Vehicle Launching Site Baikonur on the 4th of October 1957.

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