Kazakhstan has recently released the latest coin in their “Space” series. The coins of the series have an outer ring of silver and inner disc of tatalum, which is a blue gray metal used in the aerospace industry.
The reverse design for this year’s release features an image of the International Space Station orbiting the Earth with an astronaut floating in space. The emblem of the ISS appears above, with the inscription “International Space Station” below. The “2013″ date appears opposite the astronaut.
The obverse design, which has been used for all releases of the series, is intended to symbolize the unity of mankind with the world and the connection between the past and the present. The inscription “Republic of Kazakhstan” appears in Kazakh and English. The face value and metal weights appear within the inner disc.
The website of the National Bank of Kazakhstan indicates that this is the first time that the technology of tantalum color change has been applied to the production of a coin. For all previous releases of the series, the metal has had its common blue gray appearance.
Each proof quality coin has a weight of 41.4 grams, consisting of the outer ring of 92.5% silver weighing 14.6 grams and the inner disc of tantalum weighing 26.8 grams. The diameter of the coin is 38.61 mm. The mintage is indicated as 5,000 pieces.
I have several of the prior releases of this series in my personal collection. I highlighted the first release of the series in this post from a few years ago showcasing some of my favorite world coins.
Images of all prior releases of this series can be found here.