Readers of Deutshes Munzen Magazin highly appreciated a coin minted at the Saint-Petersburg Mint29.01.2014

According to the respected numismatic magazine Deutshes Munzen Magazin, the Figure Skating Russian gold commemorative coin  of the Sochi 2014 programme of the Bank of Russia became one of the five best foreign (not German) coins of 2013. The magazine readers placed the Russian coin on the fifth position by giving 10.10 per cent of votes to it. To compare, the Austrian silver coin The Country of Water the winner of Peoples Choice Award received 16.22 per cent of votes.
The Figure Skating coin belongs to the Sports of the First Olympic Winter Games series. The craftsman of the Saint-Petersburg Mint struck it of pure gold in proof quality. The face value of the Figure Skating coin, just like all the 8 coins of the Sports of the First Olympic Winter Games series, is 50 roubles.  
Just like on all coins of the Sochi 2014 programme, the Coat of Arms of Russia is depicted on the obverse side of the Figure Skating coin for the first time after 1917. Coins dedicated to the 22nd Olympic Winter Games have been issued in series since 2011. But the year of minting on them is 2014, the year of the Olympic Games in Sochi.
The coin design was developed by the artists of the Design Center of Goznak. The authors of the coin reverse design were A. Baklanov and A. Brynza. F. Andronov modeled the reverse side. The author of the obverse of all the coins of the Sochi 2014 programme was E. Kramskaya, it was modeled by A. Dolgopolova.
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