The National Bank of China issued gold and silver coins dedicated to the completion of the construction of the Tiangong Space Station. Previously, this state has already pleased numismatists with the theme of its near-Earth space exploration program.
Coins in honor of the space station
On January 9, the National Bank of the People’s Republic of China issued a turnover of gold and silver coins dedicated to the completion of the construction of the Tiangong space station. The Celestial Empire has been implementing this project since 1992 and attaches great importance to it.
The gold coin has a face value of 50 yuan (7.4 US dollars). Its weight is 3 grams, and its diameter is 18 mm. On its reverse, the station itself is depicted and it is possible to see both the three modules that make up it and large solar panels.
Also on the reverse is the logo of the Chinese manned flight program and the inscription “China’s Space Station“. The total circulation of this coin is 20 thousand copies.
The silver coin has a face value of 10 yuan. Its weight is 30 grams, and its diameter is 40 mm. The reverse depicts two taikonauts who exit the airlock and carry out extravehicular activity using a robotic arm. On the left is an image of the three stages of the construction of the station.
Just like on the gold coin, on the silver one there is the logo of the space flight program and the inscription “China’s Space Station”. The circulation of the coin is 50 thousand pieces. Both of them also have the same obverse design. It depicts the borders of the PRC, its emblem, as well as the year of manufacture.
Other Space Coins of China
This is not the first time China has issued valuable commemorative signs dedicated to its space program. On December 25, 2022, they released a set of four postage stamps “Chinese Space Station”. They depict: the Long March rocket, badges of various scientific projects, as well as two taikonauts making a spacewalk.
China has also issued coins dedicated to space on several occasions. The last time was in 2021. Then it was collectible items made of gold and silver. They were dedicated to the success of the Chinese Mars mission “Tianwen-1”.
According to www.space.com
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