banknotes and coins

Un-Manned Satellites
and Earth Imagery
on Banknotes and Coins


Below is a checklist of Un-manned satellites and Earth imagery on numismatic items (banknotes and coins). Catalog numbers, denominations, years of issue, and notes on the items featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail address at the bottom of this page.

CountryCatalog NumberDenominationYear of IssueNotes on Content
AlgeriaP1442000 dinar (banknote), also detail and back2011Arabsat-2C / Panamsat-5
AlgeriaP-unknown500 dinar (banknote), also back2018Alcomsat-1
AntarcticaP62000 dinar (banknote), also back1996Nimbus-7 and ozone measurements
AntarcticaP13$100. (banknote), also back2001Nimbus-7 and ozone measurements
AntarcticaP13s$100. (banknote) overprinted "specimen", also back2009
AustraliaKM1261$1. (aluminum-bronze coin)2009"Spirit" and "Opportunity" (rovers)
AustraliaKM1263$1. (aluminum-bronze coin)"Pioneer-10" and "Pioneer-11"
AustraliaKM1264$1. (aluminum-bronze coin)"Hubble" (HST)
AustriaKM310125 euro (silver-niobium coin)2003Unknown satellite mapping of town of Hall (possibly Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), on obverse)
AustriaKM313525 euro (silver-niobium coin)2006Galileo constellation (8 satellites depicted, on reverse)
AustriaKM317425 euro (silver-niobium coin)2009HST (on obverse), Galileo satellite (on reverse)
AustriaKM320425 euro (silver-niobium coin)2011MER (rover, on reverse)
AustriaKM-unknown20 euro (silver coin), also reverse2019Blue Marble (2001) image
BahamasKM171$5. (silver coin)1994SMM (10th anniv. Space Shuttle Challenger repaired)
BangladeshP-unknown70 taka (banknote) back, also front2018Bangabandhu-1
BeninP218B10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States4]
Burkina FasoP318Cq10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States4]
CanadaP105$100. (banknote) back, also front2004Radarsat
China (People's Republic)Y86310 yuan (silver coin)1996DFH-3, DFH-1
China (People's Republic)Y86410 yuan (silver coin)1996TC / Doublestar
China (People's Republic)P910100 yuan (banknote), also back2015DFH-1 and Chang'e
China (People's Republic)KM209610 yuan (gold coin) reverse, also obverse2015DFH-1, Chang'e, and Yutu (lunar rover)
ColombiaP45410,000 peso (banknote) back, also front2005Apollo-8 Earthrise
Cook IslandsKM1638$10. (silver coin) reverse, also obverse2012(partial) Full-disk Earth image
Cook IslandsKM1648$10. (silver coin) reverse, also obverse2012Full-disk Earth image
Cook IslandsKM-unknown$1. (silver coin)2014Blue Marble 2001 image
Cook IslandsKM-unknown$5. (silver coin), also obverse2016HST (shown with Space Shuttle "Discovery"); Unknown (shown with Space Shuttle "Atlantis")
Guinea-BissauP918Sa10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States4]
HungaryKM690500 forint (silver coin)1992"Telstar-1" (30th anniv.)
IndiaP792 rupee (banknote) back, also front1983Aryabhata
IndiaP941000 rupee (banknote) back, also front2000FltSatCom
IndiaP1162000 rupee (banknote) back, also front2016"Mangalyaan"
IranP1505000 rial (banknote) back, also front2009"Omid"
Isle of Man (Great Britain)KM1002+KM1002a1 crown (copper-nickel and silver coins)1999"Mariner-9"
Isle of Man (Great Britain)KM1006+KM1006a1 crown (copper-nickel and silver coins)"Viking lander"
Isle of Man (Great Britain)KM1010+KM1010a1 crown (copper-nickel and silver coins)"Mars Pathfinder" (rover)
IsraelKM3711 new sheqel (silver coin)2003Ofeq-1/2 type
IsraelKM3722 new sheqalim (silver coin)AMOS
IsraelKM37310 new sheqalim (gold coin)EROS
Ivory CoastP118A10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States4]
MalaysiaP392 ringgit (banknote), also back1996Pioneer-10/11 type1
MaliP418D10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States4]
Marshall IslandsKM24$50. (silver coin)1989Sputnik-1: "first man-made satellite"
Marshall IslandsKM29$50. (silver coin)Luna-9: "first soft landing on the Moon"
Marshall IslandsKM30$50. (silver coin)Venera-3: "first probe of Venus"
Marshall IslandsKM51$50. (silver coin)1989Explorer-1 launch: "first American satellite"
Marshall IslandsKM54$50. (silver coin)Viking-1 orbiter and lander (not "first landing on Mars", as in text)2
Marshall IslandsKM55$50. (silver coin)Pioneer-11: "first flyby of Saturn" (10th anniv. Saturn flyby)
Marshall IslandsKM56$50. (silver coin)Pioneer-10: "first probe beyond the Solar System"
Marshall IslandsKM57$50. (silver coin)Pioneer-10: "first flyby of Jupiter"
MoroccoY1161/2 dirham (copper-nickel coin)2002SMM
New ZealandKM-unknown(silver) coin, also obverse2019generic Earthrise
NigerP618Hn10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States4]
NiueKM70$10. (silver coin)1992"Luna-9": "Moon landing"
Russia (USSR)Y1651 rouble (copper-nickel-zinc coin)1979Sputnik-1
RussiaY7083 rouble (silver coin)2000Sputnik-1
RussiaY10873 rouble (silver coin)2007Sputnik-1 (50th anniv.)
SenegalP718K10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States4]
SwitzerlandP-unknown1000 Swiss franc (banknote), also back2019Eutelsat-W3A / Eutelsat-7A
TogoP818T10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States4]
UkraineKM2045 hryvni (copper-nickel coin)2004Sich3 (on reverse), and other tiny un-identified satellite orbiting Earth (on obverse)
United StatesKM203$1. (copper-nickel coin) reverse, also obverse1974generic Earthrise
VanuatuKM1150 vatu (silver coin)1992"Voyager-1" (15th anniv.)

1Image of the satellite on this item has three identical booms, whereas Pioneer-10/11 type have only two such booms, the third boom being much longer and slimmer.
2Viking-1 was the first operational spacecraft to make a soft landing on Mars; the earlier Mars-3 landed on the red planet but died soon thereafter and so was considered non-operational.
3Sich was an Earth-orbiting environmental-observing satellite, going nowhere near the Moon's surface as shown on this coin.
4This 10,000 franc banknote from the West African States monetary union was issued by 8 countries: Ivory Coast, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo and Guinea-Bissau.


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