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  • 25 Rubles 2021, Russia, Federation, First Human Spaceflight, 60th Anniversary
  • 25 Rubles 2021, Russia, Federation, First Human Spaceflight, 60th Anniversary

On April 12, 1961, the USSR opened the era of manned spaceflight, with the flight of the first cosmonaut (Russian name for space travelers), Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin's flight, part of the Soviet Vostok space exploration program, took 108 minutes and consisted of a single orbit of the Earth.

Gagarin thus became both the first human to travel into space and the first to orbit the Earth. His call sign was Kedr (Siberian pine or Cedar).

The radio communication between the launch control room and Gagarin included the following dialogue at the moment of rocket launch:

Korolev: "Preliminary stage..... intermediate..... main..... lift off! We wish you a good flight. Everything is all right."
Gagarin: "Poyekhali!" (Let's go!).

Gagarin's informal poyekhali! became a historical phrase in the Eastern Bloc, used to refer to the beginning of the Space Age in human history.

Date of issue: 31.03.2021


In the centre the relief image of the National Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation, above the semicircular inscription along the rim THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION framed on both sides by ornamental elements of doubled rhombuses, in the lower part of the disc, at the edge the horizontal inscriptions BANK OF RUSSIA and 25 RUBLES, the date 2021 under it, over it to left indications of the precious metal and its fineness and the fine metal content and the mint trademark on the right.

The two main elements of Russian state symbols (the two-headed eagle and the mounted figure slaying the dragon) predate Peter the Great. Today, however, the official description does not refer to the rider on the central shield as representing Saint George, mainly in order to maintain the secular character of the modern Russian state. The imperial crowns on each head stand for the unity and sovereignty of Russia, both as a whole and in its constituent republics and regions. The orb and scepter grasped in the eagle's talons are traditional heraldic symbols of sovereign power and authority. They have been retained in the modern Russian arms despite the fact that the Russian Federation is not a monarchy.

Artist: E. V. Kramskaya
Sculptor: A. A. Dolgopolova

AG 925 155,5
2021 г.


Depicts relief images of a flying winged human figure and a star against the background of stylised images of the sky full of stars and mythological creatures – the zodiacal constellations of Taurus, Leo, and Sagittarius; below, along the rim there are inscriptions: "12 APRIL 1961" and "THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT".

Artists: A. A. Brynza, L. A. Evdokimova
Sculptor: A. N. Bessonov

12 АПРЕЛЯ 1961 г.


252 corrugations

Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 169 g
Diameter 60 mm
Thickness 6.6 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Saint Petersburg Mint (SPMD)

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