COMMEMORATIVE MEDALS

AUTHENTICATED MEDALS

Mirny (Plesetsk cosmodrome): In typical Soviet style, this is a large heavy solid brass medal struck to commemorate the founding of the settlement of Mirny. The city Mirny was created in 1957 as a base of intercontinental ballistic missiles and later adapted for use in the Soviet Union's space program. From 1983 the launch sites at Mirny have been referred to as the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.
Although technically not actually a space medal, this was released in 1964 to commemorate 25 years of the McDonnell company. They worked in the aerospace industry since 1939 and was involved in the Mercury program in the early 60s.
Yuri Gagarin: This large but light Soviet or Russian medal was issued to commemorate the life of Yuri Gagarin 1934 - 1968, the first man in space.
Eastern Airlines 50th anniversary: This large heavy oval 1968 medal was struck using metal from most of the aircraft flown by Eastern Airlines since 1928. It also contains metal flown onboard Apollo 8's mission around the moon.
Space Achievements: This is a large heavy bronze Medallic Arts Co (MACO) table medal commemorating mans achievements in space. On one side it features the Goddard rocket and on the other the Moon landing.
Conquest of space: Struck by Medallic Arts Co (MACO) this is a large heavy bronze table medal commemorating mans achievements in space. One one side it features man's dream of flight and on the other a space walk.
Apollo 9 to 12: Issued in 1969, during the height Apollo space programme, this medal celebrates the achievements of Apollos 9, 10, 11, and 12.
Moon Walkers: Celebrating the First and last manned moon landing, this double sided brass or bronze medal features the Apollo 11 astronauts first setting foot on the moon on one side and Apollo 17's Lunar module lifting off from the moon on the other.
NASA 25 years: These two 1983 Space Flight Awareness medals contain flown metal from the Columbia's fifth flight STS-5 (one loose, the other encased). This rare limited edition medal was struck using metal removed from the shuttle and presented to NASA ground crew. It also coincides with the NASA 25th anniversary and therefore commemorates this event too.
20 years Vostok 1: This 1981 bronze medal is smaller than usual but still very heavy. It features an image of Gagarin and the date when he became the first man in space.
25 years Vostok 1: Matching the medal above, this 1986 heavy bronze medal features an image of Gagarin and the date of his Vostok 1 space flight.
Baikonur Medal: Heavy bronze medal featuring the monument at Baikonur in honor of the launch of Sputnik.
Soviet Space Medal: Another bronze medal, this time featuring the father of Soviet Rocketary Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and the Museum of the History of Cosmonautics in Kaluga is featured on the back.
Baikonur 30 years: Issued 1985 this large heavy Soviet medal commemorating 30 years of the Soviet space program at Baikonur cosmodrome.
Baikonur Medal: 15-May-1987 Aluminum medal featuring the Energia rocket - the type that launched the Buran at Baikonur. Inscription on a medal “Participants of the first start-up. Universal rocket - vehicle”, "Baikonur 15-5 1987" the date of the Energia rocket's first test launch.
Baikonur Medal: As above this is also an aluminum medal featuring the Energia rocket, this time dates 15-November-1988 with the Buran in launch position at at Baikonur. The same inscription as the medal above except dated for the Buran flight. "Baikonur 15-11 1988".
Shuttle Discovery: This Marshall Islands 1988 $5 coin was issued for the launch of the space shuttle Discovery. Like most such coins it has little value apart from a curiosity sake.
Baikonur 35 years: Smaller than many Soviet bronzes, but still as big and as heavy as the Western MACO medals, this 1990 Soviet medal comes in a plastic case rather than the regular wooden ones. It commemorates 35 years at Baikonur cosmodrome.
Korolev: This medal is unusual in that it is much smaller than other bronzes from the USSR. One one side it has his name along with images of the space craft featured in Korolev's Space achievements, while on the other it has a bust with his years of birth and death.
Korolev: This large heavy bronze featuring Korolev's image on one side and name on the other. Korolev's Memorial Zhitomir.
Pictured here is a thick titanium medal made in the Soviet Union commemorating their space achievements.
AMCOS Museum Medal: Issued by the Association of Museums of Cosmonautics (AMCOS) between 1992 to 1994 for display in Russian Space Museums, this Russian medal (and the two immediately below) were not sold to the general public.

This particular medal features Von Braun and Korolev, the brains behind the American and Soviet space programs.

AMCOS Museum Medal: A second of the three AMCOS medals I have (a fourth medal was also produced but as yet I don't have it), this medal commemorates the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin's Vostok 1 flight.
AMCOS Museum Medal: My third AMCOS medal commemorates Neil Armstrong as the first man on the moon.
This rare first issue 70mm heavy medal was issued in 1997 for the Russian Space agency and commemorates the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Minted by the Moscow Mint, it features a red brass base with a nickel silver inlay of the Soyuz R7 rocket taking off on one side and the PK emblem on the other.
This is a late Soviet medal that translates to "Space in the service of peace". The medal's reverse features a quote from Yuri Gagarin.
These four medals are curious in that they are apparently extremely rare, there were just 25 of each medal made. Each medal is serialized and has the hammer and sickle of the Soviet Union, gold medals. What leads me to beleive they are fakes are that A) the writing is not in the Russian alphabet, B) They are guilded in gold - not common given medals tend to be either big heavy bronzes or aluminum C) They lack any message. Typically there would be a reason for the medal, commemorative of an event, quote etc D) To good to be true. They were cheaply obtained on ebay, from a seller with more than 10 of the 25 sets made.
A second of the aforementioned four rare gold fake Soviet medals. This one is for Vostok.
This medal is for the Voskhod 2 space craft. As with all the medals from the set, the craftsmanship is very good with fine detail, making it a nice curiosity to have.
And here is the last of the series, this one is for Soyuz.
Apollo 11 25th anniversary small silver medal: This is a regular sized silver medal commemorating the 25th anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing.
Apollo 11 25th anniversary large silver medal: This is a very large NASA approved, quarter pound limited edition silver medal, commemorates the 25th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing.
Apollo 11 25th anniversary medal: This small medal commemorates the 25th anniversary of Apollo 11. It is identical is design to the limited edition quarter pound silver medal above, but much smaller and made of either yellow bronze or brass.
Apollo-Soyuz 20th anniversary/Atlantis-Mir medal: This very rare medal was issued for the 20th anniversary of the Apollo Soyuz mission in 1975. It contains metal flown from the space shuttle Atlantis (STS-71 mission) which commemorated this occassion by linking up to the Mir Space Station.
Apollo project 30th anniversary medal: Medal commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Apollo program.

It contains metals from the Saturn V launch tower. Made by Galaxy Medals Inc 1999, this Aluminum medal was limited to a mintage of 101,000, Bronze to 10,775 and Silver to just 750.

Apollo 11 30th anniversary medal: Flown metal medal commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Metal from the Eagle Apollo 11 landing module was used in the processing of this medallion. Buzz Aldrin filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers concerning the use of his image on the coin.

I also have been fortunate enough to acquire a very limited edition gold version of this medal. I am told that the mintage of the gold version is either 200 or 500, although this is hard to confirm.

This is a 30th Anniversary "Gagarin First Man in Space", thick aluminum medal. Mintage was limited to just 160,000 and it was made from metals flown on board from a Soyuz TM space craft. Issued on 12-April-1991 Baikonur Cosmodrome, this example comes in its original Fleetwood presentation card. Curiously a second example also has a COA, but it states the metal used, came from the Vostok 1 space craft. A further example includes a silver proof 3 rubal Gagarin coin in a presentation box.
Gagarin VTB Capital medal: Looking remarkably similar in design to the 30th anniversary Gagarin medal above (and pictured along side it), this medal was commissioned by VTB Capital (a Russian bank) and differs in the following ways to the aforementioned medal. 1) it is larger than the original, 2) it appears to be made of a heavy metal, possibly silver clad. 3) Gagarin's helmet has CCP on it. 4) on the reverse side the russian words have been replaced by "VTB Capital Limited edition", 5) it is less detailed than the original. The seller claimed it to have metals flown in space although I have no proof of this.
Apollo 11 30th anniversary medal: This is a Limited edition sterling sliver Franklin Mint medal issued for the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Gagarin 40th anniversary: 12,000 of these aluminum medals were issued to celebrate 40 years since Gagarin became the first man in Space. "The First Man in Space 40th Anniversary Medal is minted from the metal of a Russian spacecraft actually flown into space. The Medal is officially issued by the Space Federation of Russia. It was issued April 12, 2001, the exact 40th Anniversary of his flight aboard Vostok 1."
The X-15 program was a rocket propelled aircraft launched from under the wing of a bomber. It allowed pilots to experience high excelleration and weightlessness as it flew at the edge of space. Its pilots included Neil Armstrong (Gemini8 and Apollo 11) and Joe Engle (Shuttle STS-2 and STS-51I).

This medal was issued to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first flight of the X-15 rocket plane.
100 American Space Flights: Minted to celebrate the 100th American manned space flight, this is a serialized Galaxy mint bronze.
NASA 50 years: These official NASA commemoratives were manufactured by Winco International. They contains metal flown aboard an undisclosed space shuttle mission. Released in 2008, mintage was limited to just 5,592 medals only.
NASA 50 years: Issued for the NASA 50th celebration in 2008, this Galaxy mint bronze features the NASA meat-ball logo surrounded by all the main NASA mission logos in the past 50 years.
Kennedy Space Center 50 years: Another Galaxy mint commemorative, this time for the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Space Center. Issued 2012.
USA in Space 50 years: Galaxy mint made this commemorative for the 50th anniversary of the first American in Space. It features the mission logo and details of Alan Shephard's Mercury 3 mission. A series of these medals celebrating the anniversaries of each of the early pioneering Mercury flights have been struck.
USA first orbit 50 years: Galaxy mint also made this medal commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first American in Orbit. It features the mission logo and details of John Glenn's Mercury 6 mission. Issued 2012.
Apollo 7 40 years: This is a very limited edition (just 500 made) individually serialised medal made from metals flown on the Apollo 7 flight (specifically fragments from Kapton polymide tape and 16mm data acquisition cable). It was issued for the Kansas Frontiers of flight museum exhibition in Dallas 2008.

It is inscribed "This medallion contains metal from the Apollo 7 spacecraft flown by Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walt Cunningham. October 11-22, 1968."

Apollo 11 40 years: Issued for the Moon landings 40th celebration in 2009, this Galaxy mint bronze features the Project Apollo mission logo surrounded by famous images of the Apollo program (Alrin by the flag, Lunar lander, Command module, Lunar Rover, Saturn V launch and return to Earth).
Moon Landing 40 years: These official NASA commemoratives were manufactured by Winco International. They contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Released 2009, it is in a very similar style to the NASA 50th medal above and the STS-114 medals also made by Winco.
Apollo 11 40 years: Eventually Winco released 6 different medals for the 40th anniversary. This one being for Apollo 11. Apollo 12, 13, 16 and 17 are below along with the Moon landing one earlier. This one also contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Date of issue 2010, Mintage unknown.
Apollo 12 40 years: This is another of the official NASA commemoratives manufactured by Winco International. This one for Apollo 12 also contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Date of issue 2010, Mintage unknown.
Apollo 13 40 years: This is another of the official NASA commemoratives manufactured by Winco International. This Apollo 13 medal also contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Date of issue 2010, Mintage unknown.
Apollo 14 40 years: This is another of the official NASA commemoratives manufactured by Winco International. Here is the Apollo 14 medal which, like the others from the series, contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Date of issue 2012, Mintage unknown.
Apollo 15 40 years: This is another of the official NASA commemoratives manufactured by Winco International. Here is the Apollo 15 medal which again contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Date of issue 2013, Mintage unknown.
Apollo 16 40 years: This is another of the official NASA commemoratives manufactured by Winco International. Again this Apollo 16 medal also contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Date of issue 2012, Mintage unknown.
Apollo 17 40 years: This is another of the official NASA commemoratives manufactured by Winco International. Like the others, this Apollo 17 medal contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Date of issue 2010, Mintage unknown.
Apollo 7 40 years: America Mint limited edition Apollo 7 40th anniversary silver medals. This one is encased in its original plastic presentation with COA.
Apollo 10 40 years: Another of the America Mint 40th anniversary series silver medals. This one is for Apollo 10 and is encased in its original plastic presentation with COA.
Apollo 11 40 years: America Mint issued just 20,000 of these limited edition Apollo 11 40th anniversary silver medals. This one is still encased in its original plastic presentation with COA and cardboard distribution sleeve.
Apollo 14 40 years: As above, this is another issue from America Mint. Production was limited to just 20,000 of these encased Apollo 14 40th anniversary silver medals.
Apollo 15 40 years: America Mint released more in its 40th anniversary series, this one being for Apollo 15. As with the others in the series, production was limited to just 20,000 of these encased silver medals.
Apollo 16 40 years: As with the others from this series pictured above, this is another issue from America Mint. Again production being limited to just 20,000 encased silver medals.
Apollo 17 40 years: Finally this is the last of the American mint series. Again limited mintage of just 20,000 encased silver medals.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Space Centre, this medal contains metals flown on the Apollo and Shuttle missions. Date of issue 2012, Mintage unknown.
X1 Dryden Flight Research Center: A series of medals commissioned by NASA's Dryden Flight research center in 2012, this medallion contain metal taken from an actual Bell X-1 rocket plane.
X15 Dryden Flight Research Center: From the same series as above is this medallion contain metal flown on a North American X-15 rocket plane.
Enterprise Dryden Flight Research Center: Also from the same series is this medallion that contains metal flown on the shuttle orbiter Enterprise.
Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Dryden Flight Research Center: And finally we have this medal from the Dryden Research Centre flown medal series issued in 2012. This medallion contain metal from both of the two special 747 Shuttle carrier aircraft.

COINS

A Soviet Gagarin rubel coin. Coins such as these are of little historic value. They are collectible purely for curiosity sake.
A Soviet Tereshkova rubel coin. As above a nice curiosity sake.
A Soviet space themed rubel coin. It features Sputnik, Salyut 6 and a Soyuz craft along with the Moscow space museum's Monument to the conquerors of space.
This is a Bulgarian 10 Leva coin commemorating the 1979 USSR/Bulgaria Soyuz 33 Salyut 6 intercosmos mission.

Three types of this coin exist: A 24gram silver proof coin of which some 15,000 were minted, a bronze (not sure of mintage) and 14gram silver (pictured here) which some 35,000 were struck.

A Kazakhstan 2006 Space Walk coin. Of little historic value except for curiosity sake, but since Baikonur is situated in Kazakhstan, this is still a nice addition to the collection.

Two types of this coin exist: A 500 Tenge proof of which 4,000 were minted and the 50 Tenge uncirculated Cu-Nu which had 50,000 were struck.

A Kazakhstan 2007 Sputnik 1 coin.

Two types of this coin exist: A 500 Tenge proof of which 4,000 were minted and the 50 Tenge uncirculated Cu-Nu which had 50,000 were struck.

A Kazakhstan 2008 Vostok coin.

Two types of this coin exist: A 500 Tenge proof of which 4,000 were minted and the 50 Tenge uncirculated Cu-Nu which had 50,000 were struck.

A Kazakhstan 2009 Apollo Soyuz coin.

Two types of this coin exist: A 500 Tenge proof of which 4,000 were minted and the 50 Tenge uncirculated Cu-Nu which had 50,000 were struck.

A Kazakhstan 2010 Lunokhod coin.

Two types of this coin exist: A 500 Tenge proof of which 4,000 were minted and the 50 Tenge uncirculated Cu-Nu which had 50,000 were struck.

A Kazakhstan 2011 Gagarin coin.

Two types of this coin exist: A 500 Tenge proof of which 4,000 were minted and the 50 Tenge uncirculated Cu-Nu which had 50,000 were struck.

A Kazakhstan 2012 Mir space station coin.

Two types of this coin exist: A 500 Tenge proof of which 4,000 were minted and the 50 Tenge uncirculated Cu-Nu which had 50,000 were struck.

This is a Ukrainian 2004 coin dedicated to 50 years of the state design office (Pivdenne). Founded in the city of Dnipropetrovsk in 1954, about 70 types of space vehicles developed there.
This is a Ukrainian 2007 silver coin commemorating Korolev the chief designer responsible for the successes of the early Soviet space race. Some 35,000 of these were minted.
Isle of Man Moon landing 30th anniversary coin: Featured here is a 1999 Isle of Man Silver proof commemorative coin issued for the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. There were six coins minted in the 1999 series (in Gold, Silver and Cupro-nickel) and a further two in 2000. These coins featured some of the achievements of the American space programme. The 2000 series had a repeat of the moon landing image plus the space station. This coin features the moon landing.
Isle of Man Moon landing 30th anniversary coin: Featured here is another of the 1999 Isle of Man Silver proof commemorative coins. This coin features and image of the Mariner 9 Mars mission.
Isle of Man Moon landing 30th anniversary coin: Featured here is another of the 1999 Isle of Man Silver proof commemorative coins. This coin features and image of the Viking mission to Mars.
Isle of Man Moon landing 30th anniversary coin: Featured here is another of the 1999 Isle of Man Silver proof commemorative coins. This coin features and image of the Apollo Soyuz mission.
Isle of Man Moon landing 30th anniversary coin: Featured here is another of the 1999 Isle of Man Silver proof commemorative coins. This coin features and image of the launch of the first space shuttle, Columbia.
Isle of Man Moon landing 30th anniversary coin: Featured here is another of the 1999 Isle of Man Silver proof commemorative coins. This coin features and image of the Mars Pathfinder mission.
Presented in an Earth like spherelical container that beeps a signal, like what Sputnik first transmitted in 1957. This Fijian 2007 $2 coin was made by New Zealand Mint to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sputnik. Only 6,000 of the pure silver coins were minted.
Issued in 2007 for the 50th anniversary of Sputnik, this is the first of the 'Orbital series' limited edition coins struck by Perth Mint for the Cook Islands. These coins have an outer section that rotates around an image of the Earth in the the centre. Some 25,000 of each design were struck.
This is a second of the Perth Mint Orbital series limited edition coin made for the Cook Islands. This example is for 'The first man in space' Yuri Gagarin.
Another of the limited edition coin issued for the Cook Islands by Perth Mint. This third Orbital series coin was issued to commemorate 'The first space walk' Alexi Leonov.
Issued in 2009 for to commemorate 'The first Space shuttle', this is a fourth of the Orbital series coins issued by Perth Mint for the Cook Islands.
This latest addition to the Perth Mint Orbital series was issued in 2010, in this case to commemorate 'The first man on the moon'. Again like the others in this series some 25,000 of these were struck.

COINS SETS

Australian 2009 Space achievements set of nine coins.


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