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A coin struck at the Saint-Petersburg Mint was chosen the Silver Coin of the Year26 2013

A coin struck at the Saint-Petersburg Mint was chosen the Silver Coin of the Year

The Awarding Ceremony of the Seventh International Commemorative Coin Competition Coin Constellation-2013 took place on September 26.

This year over 270 commemorative coins and 28 coin series presented by the national banks, mints and coin distributors from 30 countries participated in the competition. According to the competition conditions, all these coins had been issued since January 1 till December 31, 2012.

The Bank of Russia and the Mints Branches of Goznak presented 22 commemorative coins of gold, silver and non-precious alloys to the competition. Among them there were coins of the Sochi 2014 programme of the Bank of Russia, coins dedicated to the 1150th anniversary of the Russian national identity initiation, the 200th anniversary of the Russian victory in the Patriotic war of 1812, the 400th anniversary of the Volunteer Army of Kozma Minin and Dmitry Pozharskiy, outstanding personalities of our country, museums of Russia.

Five coins manufactured by the Russian craftsmen were highly praised by the competent international jury.

A silver coin issued by the Bank of Russia within the framework of the historical series The 200th Anniversary of the Russian victory in the Patriotic war of 1812 was chosen the winner of the Silver Coin of the Year category.

Artists, engravers, minters, specialists of the Saint-Petersburg Mint had worked upon the first 5-kilogram silver coin minted in Russia. The coin is made in proof quality with the face value of 500 roubles in the collection number of 70 pieces.

There is a scene of the Borodino battle on the mirror area of the obverse: to the left and in the bottom there are relief and contour images of the attacking army of Napoleon, in the center there is a trench with defending soldiers, behind it to the right and in the top there are relief and contour images of the Russian army, in the background to the left there is a church, to the right a reduit. In the top at the edge there is an image of the icon of the Mother of God of Smolensk, in the bottom there is a shako above the crossed weapons, standards and military ammunition, below them there is an inscription " 1812 " (THE PATRIOTIC WAR OF 1812).

The authors of the design of the Silver Coin of the Year are artists A.A. Brynza (obverse) and S.V. Sutiagin (reverse). The obverse was created with the help of computer modeling, the reverse sculptor is A.N. Bessonov.

The 250th Anniversary of the Winter Palace in Saint-Petersburg commemorative silver coin received two diplomas of the competition. This beautiful coin with the face value of 25 roubles occupied the second position in the Successful Artistic Solution category and the third in the Coin Classics category. A traditional design technique is presented in the coin reverse design composition a laconic relief image of the main facade of the Winter Palace enframed in the bottom with a fragment of filigree garden lattice. The coin is struck in the number of 1500 pieces at the Saint-Petersburg Mint with the application of proof technique.

The author of the coin design is artist E.V. Kramskaya. The sculptor is F.S. Andronov.

In the Gold Coin of the Year the second position was given to another coin of the historical series The 200th Anniversary of the Russian victory in the Patriotic war of 1812 with the face value of 25 thousand roubles. It is another coin of the big money kind it weighs 3 kilograms. The coin was struck in proof-like quality at the Saint-Petersburg Mint.

In the disk center on the mirror surface of the reverse there is an image of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, around it on the laurel wreath in medallions there are portraits of Alexander I, M.I. Kutuzov, P.H. Witgenstein, D.V. Davydov, P.I. Bagration and M.B. Barklay de Tolli. In the bottom there is a shako above the crossed weapons, standards and military ammunition, below them there is a semi-circle inscription " 1812 " (THE PATRIOTIC WAR OF 1812).

The coin obverse and reversedesign author is artist A.A. Brynza. The reverse sculptors are A.A. Dolgopolova, L.A. Yevdokimova, F.S. Andronov, A.V. Baklanov, peoples artist of Russia.

The jury chose the gold one-kilogram coin The diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II presented by the Royal Mint of Great Britain to be the Coin of the Year. The second position in this main category is occupied by the 1150th Anniversary of the Russian National Identity Initiation gold coin with the face value of 10000 roubles.

In the foreground of the coin reverse there are ancient weapons: a shield, a helmet, a sword, a spear, a caulker, an axe, to the left there is a church vessel, the Crown of Monomakh is behind them on a sealed charter and a writing set on the pedestal to the left, on the front side of the pedestal there is an image of the two-headed eagle of Ivan III, to the right on two books there is a scepter, an orb and an image of the Minor Coat of Arms of the Russian Empire in decorative framing topped with the crown of Catherine II, in the background there is a view of the Moscow Kremlin with the standard of the President of the Russian Federation above it, on the wide stripe formed by the edge and a concentric bow line there is an inscription "1150- " (The 1150th Anniversary of the Russian National Identity Initiation), in the top of the stripe there is an ornament of wavy lines.

The design author is artist S.A. Kozlov. The sculptor is F.S. Andronov. The coin was struck at the Saint-Petersburg Mint.

Another commemorative coin of copper-nickel alloy with tampon printing The Mascots and the Emblem of the Games dedicated to the Olympic Games in Sochi became the third in the Souvenir Coin category. The coin with the face value of 25 roubles was struck at the Saint-Petersburg Mint. The artists are E.V. Kramskaya (obverse) and A.A. Brynza (reverse). The obverse sculptor is A.A. Dolgopolova, the reverse was created with the help of computer modeling.

The Russian coins competed with other works presented by the National Banks of Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Bulgaria, the Kyrgyz Republic, Poland, the Republics of Belarus and Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Trans-Dniestria, Armenia, Russian banks Tatfondbank, Transstroybank, VTB 24, Azienda Autonoma di Stato Filatelica e Numismatica San Marino, Moneda Nueva (Spain), New Zealand Post and NUMISTRADE (Germany).

Perth Mint of Australia, the Royal Mints of Spain, Canada, Holland, the Royal Mint of Great Britain, the Mints of Austria, Andorra, Poland, Singapore, Finland, the Pobjoy Mint (UK), the Paris Mint, the Holy Land Mint (Israel), the Hungarian Mint, the South African Mint, HelveticMint (Switzerland), Imprensa Nacional-Casa Da Moeda (Portugal), well-known coin distributors from Russia, Lichtenstein, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria presented their coins to the competition.

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