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2017 Niue 1 oz Silver Coin Orbital Flight of Belka & Strelka Space Dogs


This beautiful Silver coin honors two stray dogs named Belka and Strelka who orbited outer space for nearly 25 hours in 1960.
 
  • Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
  • Comes in a presentation box and with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Mintage of 300 coins.
  • Obverse: Depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the face value and the issue country.
  • Reverse: Features an image of both dogs, Belka and Strelka in the center of the coin. The name of the coin "Belka & Strelka - Orbital Flight" is around the rim.

Mixed-breed strays, Belka and Strelka were found wondering the streets of Moscow. Shortly after the return flight, Strelka delivered a litter of pups. One of the them, named Pushinka (Fluffy), was given by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to President John F. Kennedy's daughter Caroline.
 

Year: 2017
Grade: Proof
Denomination: $1.00
Metal Content: 1 troy oz
Purity: .999
Diameter: 45 mm