SOVIET UNMANNED MISSIONS MEDALS
|SPUTNIK 1: This early Soviet propaganda table medal commemorates the launch of the first earth satellite, Sputnik on 04-October-1957. The front of the medal reads with inscription 'Glory to the soviet science'. Made of solid bronze, this 55mm medal weighs 137grams, one source believes there to have only been 645 of these medals made.
|LUNA 1 (LUNNIK 1): One of the earliest Soviet space table medals made, this 1959 medal was issued by Academy of Science of the USSR commemorating the flight of Luna 1. The front of the medal reads "In the Glory of Great Motherland! January 1959". On the back is depicted the pennant carried on board Luna 1 with the inscription from Tsiolkovskiy "In inauguration of launch of first in the world space rocket". These rare medals were only presented to scientist and designers and were not available for public sale. At 65mm and made from solid bronze, this commemorative bronze medal in typical Soviet style.
|Coin of the month Sputnik: This is an American coin of the month issue is commemorating the first man made satellite in Earth orbit - Sputnik 1.
|PHOBOS: As with many medals from the late Soviet era, this large medal is made from aluminum flown in space. It features an image of the Phobos Mars probe on one side.
|SPUTNIK 5/LUNOKHOD 1: Issued in 1990, this medium sized heavy bronze medal commemorating 30 years since Sputnik 5 (successfully returning its living cargo back to Earth after being in orbit) and 20 years since Lunokhod 1 (the first lunar rover). Issued by Moscow mint there was just 3,300 of these minted.
|SPUTNIK 2: This light weight aluminum medal was issued in 2007 for the 50th Anniversary of Sputnik 2 that carried the dog "Laika". The medal was issued by the Samara Industrial Complex, which makes the Russian Soyuz space craft. The medal was made from metal which has flown in space.
|SPUTNIK 5: This aluminum medal was issued in 2005 for the 45th Anniversary of Sputnik 5 that carried the dogs "Belka and Strelka". It too was issued by the Samara Industrial Complex, which makes the Russian Soyuz space craft. The medal was made from metal which has flown in space.
|SPUTNIK 9: Here is another aluminum medal, this time issued in 2006 for the 45th Anniversary of Sputnik 9 that carried the dog "Chernushka". As with the medals above, it was issued by the Samara Industrial Complex, which makes the Russian Soyuz space craft. The medal was made from metal which has flown in space.