Pursuance of the stars 17.08.2021
In August 2021, the Bank of Russia put into circulation a commemorative coin dedicated to Konstantin Tsiolkovskiy “Pursuance of the stars, K.E. Tsiolkovskiy”.
A silver coin of “proof” quality with the face value of 3 roubles was issued in the number of three thousand pieces.
The coin was struck at the Saint Petersburg Mint.
It is already the third commemorative coin dedicated to Konstantin Tsiolkovskiy. The first commemorative coin with the face value of 1 rouble was minted in 1987, for the 130th anniversary of the scientist’s birth. The mintage was four million pieces, moreover, 170 thousand pieces of them were of “proof” in the collectible version. The coin was struck of copper-nickel alloy at the Moscow and Saint Petersburg Mints of Goznak.
Twenty years later, in 2007, the Bank of Russia put into circulation a commemorative coin dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Konstantin Tsiolkovskiy’s birth. The silver coin with the face value of two roubles of “proof” quality was struck at the Moscow Mint in the number of 10 thousand pieces.
The coin of 2021 dedicated to Tsiolkovskiy was designed by the artists of the Design Center of Goznak – E.V. Kramskaya (obverse), O.G. Shepel (reverse) – and sculptors – A.A. Dolgopolova (obverse), O.G. Shepel (reverse).
The author of the coin sketch Olga Shepel is the youngest artist of the Design Center of Goznak. She was appointed after the graduation from the Academy of Arts specializing in engraving in 2017.
“It took a long time to prepare to creating the sketch of the coin dedicated to Konstantin Tsiolkovskiy”, the artist said.
“We presented six variants of sketches to the customers. Biographic materials and copies of drawings of Tsiolkovskiy’s “rocket train” had been studied during the preparation – one of the sketches contained fragments of those drawings. As a result, the customers – the Bank of Russia chose a sketch with the scientist’s portrait and elements of calculations from his handwritings”.
The graphic pattern of the formulas handwritten by Tsiolkovskiy integrates the coin composition and makes its creative solution unique.
“A part of the coin image is relief; the other part is made using colored varnish coating. It turned out to be a complicated creative task to choose the correct black and blue colors so that they looked well on the coin, matched each other and transmitted the depth, coldness and infinity of the space”, Olga Shepel remembers.
When creating the coin, the young artist managed to impart the greatness of an inventor who opened the space to the humanity and the warmth of the scientist’s soul:
“When I studied materials about Konstantin Tsiolkovskiy I admired him not only as a scientist but also as a talented teacher striving to pass his knowledge and his dream about conquering the space to the young generations”, Olga Shepel explains.
Tsiolkovskiy’s unique personality of an eccentric scientist whom neither deafness nor poverty prevented from carrying out his great mission – to open the space for the humanity – stands shoulder to shoulder with Sergey Korolev, Yuri Gagarin and other space pioneers.