International Day against Nuclear Tests

29 Aug 2020  Sat

The International Day against Nuclear Tests commemorates the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site in Kazakhstan on 29 August 1991. The Day advocates the necessity of ending nuclear weapon tests as a valuable step towards achieving a safer world. It is also a day to remember the victims and survivors of nuclear testing, as well as of the legacy impacts of the production of nuclear weapons, including nuclear waste.

Since nuclear weapons testing began on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. In the early days of nuclear testing little consideration was given to its devastating effects on human life, let alone the dangers of nuclear fallout from atmospheric tests. On 2 December 2009, the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests by unanimously adopting resolution 64/35.

The above coin is the unique "End of World" themed series of “American Eagle” colorized coins. This beautiful new coin issue features the Walking Liberty in gold with all filigree details. The coin depicts a nuclear bomb explosion behind the Statue of Liberty. The reverse of the coin depicts an American eagle with a radiation symbol in the background.

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