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Miroslav Hoblík, the creator of Russia’s first geocoin, tells It’s Not About The Numbers about his latest trackable, honouring the 50th anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first space flight.

“It has been just another normal day in school for my father, when a neigbour who was listening to the radio came to tell the children that there was a man orbiting the Earth. Everybody was so excited, I mean EXCITED, according to my father.

“This was April 1961 – 50 years ago – and I still feel some of that excitement. In order to celebrate this great technical and scientific achievement, we decided to create a geocoin for the April 12th anniversary of the first manned space flight.  Our geocoin features a portrait of Yuri Gagarin, the first cosmonaut – which is what we call astronauts here in the eastern parts of Europe – with descriptions both in Russian and English. On the reverse side of the coin, you can see Gagarin sitting inside his tiny spacecraft.

“Without those pioneers of space science, geocaching would not be possible. So while you are hunting some geocache on April 12, please look into the sky and think about how exciting it was 50 years ago to think that there was man orbiting the planet.”

Hoblík and his wife Olga (GC handle: Hoblik) are based in the Czech Republic town of Chrastava, from where they operate their Geocoin Direct webstore. The couple have family ties in Russia and, after two years of working there, placed a geocache in Moscow’s Red Square  (originally GC19M6W Red Square, now GC1DC11 Red Square ‘Reloaded’), which Hoblík says “seems to be the most visited geocache in the country”.

In its honour, they created what they believe was the first Russian geocoin, featuring Red Square landmarks Spasskaya Bashnya (Tower) of Kremlin and Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Each of the gold or silver-coloured coins comes in a red velvet pouch with ‘Red Square’ printed in Russian, and their tracking code prefix ‘HO’ is translated as “number” in Cyrillic, which Hoblík calls a “nice, little” touch.

The Hoblíks’ latest geocoin, Gagarin – First Man in Space, has been minted in three colourways – antique gold with red enamel, antique silver with blue enamel, and a sold-out run of black nickel with glow-in-the-dark accent. On sale from April 12, the stamped, brass trackable measures 42mm in diameter and retails for €9.50.

* To buy your own Gagarin – First Man in Space geocoin, visit Geocoin Direct. For non-European customers, the coins’ price is just €7.92, thanks to the removal of value added tax (VAT).


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