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The First Launch of the Zenit-3SL Carrier Rocket

Putting into circulation : 19 September 2019
Technical Specifications
Denomination Metal Weight, g Diameter, mm Quality class of coinage Edge Mintage, pcs Actual, pcs
5 nickel silver 16.54 35,0 special uncirculated corrugated 40000 40000

Series: Cosmic Ukraine Series
This coin commemorates the first launch of the Zenit-3SL carrier rocket from the Ocean Odyssey platform, which took place on 28 March 1999 and marked an important stage in the history of domestic and international rocket engineering. The rocket, which was developed by the Pivdenne Design Office and produced by the Pivdenmash Plant, successfully demonstrated the launch capabilities of Sea Launch, a multinational spacecraft launch service. The Sea Launch Project was one of the most interesting and revolutionary international space projects introduced in the late 20th century. It used a mobile maritime launch platform for equatorial launches for the first time. The platform took full advantages of the Earth’s rotational effect, launching into orbit increased payloads, while reducing fuel consumption. The environmental friendliness of the Zenit-3SL carrier rocket is of great importance today, and makes it unique.
Retail price, Hryvnas: 51

Obverse: above is Ukraine`s small coat of arms, below which is the legend УКРАЇНА (Ukraine); in the center is a stylized composition that symbolizes the launch of a Zenit-3SL carrier rocket; beneath are the following legends: the coin face value 5 ГРИВЕНЬ (5 hryvnias) and the coin issue year 2019; beneath, to the right, is the mint mark of the NBU’s Banknote Printing and Minting Works.
Reverse: against a smooth background, is a stylized image of the Ocean Odyssey platform, to the left of which is a ship; there are the following circular legends: ПРОГРАМА «МОРСЬКИЙ СТАРТ» (Sea Launch Project) (above) and ПЕРШИЙ ПУСК РАКЕТИ-НОСІЯ «ЗЕНІТ-3SL» (the first launch of the Zenit-3SL carrier rocket) (below).
Designer: Volodymyr Taran , Oleksandr Kharuk , Serhii Kharuk
Engraver: Volodymyr Demianenko , програмне моделювання – Андріянов Віталій