Silver Ounce 2007 Soviet Space - Laika Dog, Coin from Mongolia - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2007 Soviet Space - Laika Dog, Coin from Mongolia
CoinSilver Ounce 2007 Soviet Space - Laika Dog

The currency of Mongolia since 1925 has been the tögrög, which currently circulates mostly as banknotes due to the low value of earlier coins and the reluctance of the government to issue large denomination coins; however, the government has authorises many non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) coins to be issued for collector's purposes.

Collector coins are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes and are often not related to the country itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes, including the internationally popular one ounce of silver format.

This coin is part of the Soviet Space series and commemorates the dog Laika.

Laika (Russian: Лайка; 1954 - 1957) was a Soviet space dog who became one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. Laika, a stray mongrel from the streets of Moscow, was selected to be the occupant of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 that was launched into low orbit on 3 November 1957. No capacity for her recovery and survival was planned, and she died of overheating or suffocation hours into the flight.

Little was known about the impact of spaceflight on living creatures at the time of Laika's mission, and the technology to de-orbit had not yet been developed, so Laika's survival was never expected. Some scientists believed humans would be unable to survive the launch or the conditions of outer space, so engineers viewed flights by animals as a necessary precursor to human missions. The experiment aimed to prove that a living passenger could survive being launched into orbit and endure a micro-g environment, paving the way for human spaceflight and providing scientists with some of the first data on how living organisms react to spaceflight environments.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage500
Obverse
Mongolia / Silver Ounce 2007 Soviet Space - Laika Dog - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the logo of Mongolbank (the Bank of Mongolia), which is formed as a round coin on a lotus bouquet associated with purity, delicacy and stability. Three fire flames and a blooming flower are located inside the coin. The figure symbolises eternal development and youth and the three flames represent the main national treasures. At the nominal value location the Soyombo symbol is positioned, representative of the Mongol ethnicity. The name of the Central Bank of Mongolia is written below the figure: МонголБанк in Cyrillic, which is the official script of the Mongolian language.

On the the two sides of the logo, vertically, the inscription Mongol Uls in the traditional Mongolian script.

Below the logo, on two lines the face value: 500 TӨГРӨГ (five hundred Tögrög, alternatively spelled Tugrik).

Around below, the name of the issuing country and the metal content: MONGOLIA 1oz .999 SILVER (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver).

Obverse Inscription 500 TӨГРӨГ MONGOLIA 1oz .999 SILVER
Reverse
Mongolia / Silver Ounce 2007 Soviet Space - Laika Dog - reverse photo

The reverse design of the coin is coloured and shows space dog Laika and the capsule in which she orbited the Earth.

Around above, the inscription СПУТНИК-2 (Sputnik 2).

Around below, the inscription 50 ЛЕТ КОСМОНАВТИКИ 1957 - 2007 (translated from Russian: 50 years of space exploration).

Reverse Inscription СПУТНИК-2 50 ЛЕТ КОСМОНАВТИКИ 1957 - 2007
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, coloured.
CIT Item ID: 22684

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Silver Ounce 2007 Soviet Space - Laika Dog: Details
CountryMongolia
CurrencyTögrög
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2007
SymbolBank of Mongolia Logo
Face Value500 (x Tögrög)
Total Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-ZDQQ-EMNY
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Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsMongolia KM# 266