1972 Franklin Mint Sterling Silver Coin Presidential Journey Russia MIB It is from an estate and in mint in box condition with original paperwork, cover, holder and numbered certificate # 08756. It is also highly detailed and beautifully made with the front depicting the exchange of the bilateral agreements of the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty by the respective presidents of the US and Russia. The back has a raised geographical image depicting the meeting of the US and the USSR.
Historical Significance of Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty: (WIKI)
The Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) were two rounds of bilateral conferences and corresponding international treaties involving the United States and the Soviet Union—the Cold War Superpowers—on the issue of armament control. The two rounds of talks and agreements were SALT I and SALT II.
Negotiations commenced Helsinki, Finland in November 1969. SALT I led to the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and an interim agreement between the two countries. Although SALT II resulted in an agreement in 1979, the United States Senate chose not to ratify the treaty in response to the Soviet War in Afghanistan, which took place later that year. The Soviet legislature also did not ratify it. The agreement expired on December 31, 1985 and was not renewed.
The treaties led to the STARTs, or Strategic Arms Reduction Treaties, which consisted of START I (a 1991 completed agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union) and START II (a 1993 agreement between the United States and Russia, which was never ratified by the United States), both of which proposed limits on multiple-warhead capacities and other restrictions on each side’s number of nuclear weapons. A successor to START I, NEW START 1 was proposed and was eventually ratified in February 2011.