The card of the National Payment System on a silver coin 17.12.2015
The author of the coin sketch was ELENA KRAMSKAYA, an artist of the Design Center of Goznak. The author of obverse modelling was ALEXANDRA DOLGOPOLOVA, an artist of the Territorial Art Studio of Goznak in Saint-Petersburg.
According to Elena Kramskaya, creating the coin sketch did not suggest long creative researches – the customers wanted to see a copy of the first card “Mir”. It was necessary to put the elements together and show them in such a way so that all the scripts, inscriptions and shadows looked the best way on the coin.
After a few minor corrections of the customers, the sketch was approved.
The work upon the coin obverse required a larger number of variants – horizontal and vertical location of the sketch and various placements of the artistic elements were observed.
“A sculptor’s modelling is not always required”, said Elena Kramskaya. “If it is necessary to transfer strict geometric shapes and scripts, computer modelling is quite enough. But if, as in this case, modelling is applied (Alexandra Dolgopolova modeled the eagle), the coin looks more vivid and relief”.
Additional elements enlivening the austere sketch of the new commemorative coin were tampon printing (the chip image and “Mir” inscription) as well as a hologram incrusted into the coin.
On the obverse of the coin there is a relief image of the State Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation and inscriptions “ÐÎÑÑÈÉÑÊÀß ÔÅÄÅÐÀÖÈß” (“The Russian Federation”), “ÁÀÍÊ ÐÎÑÑÈÈ” (“The Bank of Russia”), the coin face value – “3 ÐÓÁËß” (“3 rubles”) and the year – “2015”, the metal denomination according to Mendeleyev's classification, the standard of alloy, the trademark of the Saint-Petersburg Mint and the weight of the precious metal in purity.
On the reverse of the coin, the image of “Mir” payment card of the National System of Payment Cards is reproduced together with the traditional payment card attributes and elements. There is an inscription in the top, “ÂÛÏÓÑÊ ÏÅÐÂÎÉ ÏËÀÒÅÆÍÎÉ ÊÀÐÒÛ ÍÑÏÊ” (“Issue of the first payment card of the National System of Payment Cards”).
The “Issue of the first payment cards of the National Payment System of the Russian Federation” coin is minted in the shape of a horizontal rectangle with the length of 51.0 mm and the width of 32.0 mm with rounded angles. There is a relief edge on both the obverse and the reverse. The side surface of the coin is riffled. The weight of the precious metal in purity is 31.1 g, the standard of alloy is sterling silver. The coin was produced of “proof” quality in the number of five thousand pieces.
By the way,
The “Issue of the first payment cards of the National Payment System of the Russian Federation” commemorative coin was put in circulation at the start of emission of the first cards of “Mir” National Payment System. The Bank of Russia and “National System of Payment Cards” JSC announced the start of emission of “Mir” cards on December 15, 2015.
According to the information on the site of the Bank of Russia, 35 Russian banks have already become participants of “Mir” payment system; seven of them have tested the basic functions of the new card in their infrastructure – cash operations with ATM, payments for goods and services, money transfers from card to card. Another group of banks will accomplish the tests by the end of 2015.
The list of banks participating in “Mir” payment system is published on the official site of “National System of Payment Cards” JSC.
“National System of Payment Cards” JSC was founded on July 23, 2014, 100% of shares belong to the Bank of Russia. The inner Russian operations for cards of all payment systems, including international, have been carried out via the Operational and Clearing Center of “National System of Payment Cards” JSC since April 1, 2015.