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PRLog (Press Release) - Jul 22, 2011 - The world and its diverse population were brought closer together above in the heavens & cosmos when two seemingly different programs were united with just one deed.
While both initiatives seek to unite the world’s people, one with the co-operation of an astronaut the International Space Station, the other through a coin with the United Future World Currency’s (UFWC) initiative, there was one unusual turn of events with a difference. Both initiatives came together when Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli, an Italian astronaut of the European Space Agency and chosen as one of the three person crew aboard the Soyuz TMA-20 which docked with the ISS - International Space Station packed a little something extra: a “good luck amulet” 15,5 gram and 30 mm diameter silver prototype coin issued by the Italian State Mint - Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato for the UFWC project.
The photographs are not a virtual graphic effect, they are spot on and they do show truly a small, silvery and shiny object against the window of the “cupola” inside the ISS, and showing the Earth down.
Dr. Sandro Sassoli, founder as well as general coordinator of the UFWC initiative commented: “The aim of the International Space Station and of UFWC are actually one and the same, to link all countries and people of the world with the motto “Unity in diversity” further adding “I am so enthusiastic of this achievement of Paolo’s which though his good deed launches a message of real unity and brotherhood” Flight Engineer Nespoli’s amazing photographs clearly show both sides of the encapsulated one unit silver coin floating in weightless space with the stunning backdrop of the earth providing a spectacular image.
The coin’s legend, “UNITY IN DIVERSITY” is visible as well as the UFWC’s own “tree of Life” design. This event is of great interest for both coin
collectors and space enthusiasts alike. Paolo has had quite a following regarding his experience aboard the International space station with his tweets and photographs. He is the one and only @astro_paolo on Twitter and uploaded his images & comments about his exclusive experience, the UFWC coin was among those sent back to his many followers.
The UFWC coins, which were originally test strikes minted in both gold and silver in 2009 to mark the G8 L’Aquila Summit hosted in Italy, July 2009 with half ounce gold examples being presented to each
attending heads of state & government. One of the limited silver examples was also given to Flight Engineer Nespoli by the UFWC’s founder just before Nespoli’s lift-off as a good luck charm. Mr. Nespoli confirmed to Dr. Sassoli at a recent reunion between the two that he had indeed taken the coin with him as a good luck piece and as such, the coin accompanied him for the 159 days that he was a resident of the international Space Station from December 2010 to May 2011.
Both versions of the coins are eagerly sought by coin collectors due to the publicity surrounding their initial launch when Russian President Dimitry Medvedev’s enthusiastically endorsed the UFWC initiative in front of the world’s media. Further prototype coins have since been produced in several world mints including the Royal Mint in the UK, the Italian State Mint, and the Casa De Moneda in Mexico with several other projects planned for the remainder of 2011 and well into 2015 with other national mints taking part. Luc Luycx, the designer of the Euro, created the first UFWC coin for the Royal Mint of Belgium. The UFWC coins are also going to be designated as legal tender for the duration of the EXPO MILANO 2015, a special set of coins marking this event are planned for release and will be available at the Universal Exposition.
For more information on the UFWC initiative and the coins mentioned, please visit their website at:
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