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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

According to the results of the 7th International Competition Coin Constellation, the Silver Coin of the Year became a 5-kilogram coin struck at the Saint-Petersburg Mint.  

The Bank of Russia issued the coin with the face value of 500 roubles and in the collectible number of 70 pieces within the framework of the 200th Anniversary of the Victory of Russia in the Patriotic War of 1812 historic series.  

A scene of the Borodino battle is depicted against the mirror surface of the reverse. In the top near the edge there is an image of Smolensk Mother of God icon, in the bottom there is a shako above the crossed weapons, standards and military ammunition, below them there is an inscription along the edge " 1812 " (the Patriotic war of 1812). The design authors are A.A. Brynza, an artist of the Design Center of Goznak, and S.V. Sutiagin, an artist of the Bank of Russia.

It is the second coin of precious metal with the weight of 5 kilograms manufactured at the Saint-Petersburg Mint. In 2010 the 150th Anniversary of the Bank of Russia 5-kilogram coin was struck of pure gold here.

This year more than 270 commemorative coins of 28 coin series were presented to the Coin Constellation-2013 Competition by national banks, mints and distributing companies from 30 countries. According to the competition conditions, all the 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. They included coins of the Sochi-2014 Programme of the Bank of Russia, coins dedicated to the 1150th anniversary of initiation of the Russian nationhood, the 200th anniversary of the victory of Russia in the Patriotic war of 1812, the 400th anniversary of the volunteer army of Kozma Minin and Dmitry Pozharskiy, to outstanding personalities of our country, the Museums of Russia.

Five coins manufactured by the Russian craftsmen were highly appraised by the respected international jury. All the five coins were struck at the Saint-Petersburg Mint.

The 250th Anniversary of the Winter Palace in Saint-Petersburg commemorative silver coin received two competition diplomas. The beautiful 25-rouble coin was the second in the Successful artistic solution category and the third in the Coin classics category. The traditional design technique is presented in the coin reverse deign composition a laconic relief image of the main façade of the Winter Palace enframed with a fragment of the filigree garden grating in the bottom. The 25-rouble coin was minted in the number of 1500 pieces at the Saint-Petersburg Mint with the application of the proof technique.  

Artists of the Design Center of Goznak participated in the coin creation E.V. Kramskaya was the coin design author, F.S. Andronov was the sculptor.  
  
In the Gold coin of the year category another coin of the 200th Anniversary of the Victory of Russia in the Patriotic War of 1812 historical series with the face value of 25 thousand roubles occupied the second position. It is another coin of the big money kind it weighs 3 kilograms.

There is an image of the Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow in the middle of the mirror area of the reverse, with portraits of Alexander I, M.I. Kutuzov, P.H. Wittgenstein, D.V. Davydov, P.I. Bagration and M.B. Barclay de Tolli around in on the laurel wreath in medallions. Below there is a shako above the crossed weapons, standards and military ammunition and an inscription " 1812 " (The Patriotic war of 1812) in a semi-curcle below.  

Artists of the Design Center of Goznak worked upon the coin: the obverse and reverse design author was A.A. Brynza, the sculptors were A.A. Dolgopolova, L.A. Yevdokimova, F.S. Andronov, a peoples artist of Russia A.V. Baklanov.

The jury named the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II gold 1-kilogram coin presented by the Royal Mint of Great Britain the coin of the year. The second position in the category was won by the 1150th Anniversary of Initiation of the Russian Nationhood gold 1-kilogram coin with the face value of 10 000 roubles.  

Military weapons a shield, a helmet, a sword, a spear, a caulker, an axe are in the foreground of the reverse. To the left there is a church bowl, Monomakhs cap on a parchment with a seal and a writing set are behind it on a pedestal, on the front side of the pedestal there is an image of Ivan IIIs two-headed eagle, to the right on two books there are the scepter, the orb and the image of the Small Coat of Arms of the Russian Empire;  in the distant view there is an image of the Moscow Kremlin and the standard of the President of the Russian Federation. On a broad band formed by the edge and the concentric bow line there is an inscription "1150- " (The 1150th Anniversary of Initiation of the Russian Nationhood).

The design author was an artist of the Bank of Russia S.A. Kozlov, the sculptor was F.S. Andronov.

Another commemorative coin of cupronickel alloy with the application of tampon printing, Mascots and the Emblem of the Games dedicated to the Olympic Games in Sochi occupied the third position in the Souvenir Coin category. The coin was issued with the face value of 25 roubles. The artists were E.V. Kramskaya (obverse) and A. Brynza (reverse). The obverse sculptor was A.A. Dolgopolova, the revers was created with the help of computer modeling.

The Russian coins competed with the works of their colleagues presented by the National Banks of Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Bulgaria, the Kyrgyzian Republic,  Poland, the Republics of Belarus and Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Trans-Dniester, Armenia, Russian banks Tatfondbank, Transstroybank VTB 24, , AziendaAutonomadiStatoFilatelica e Numismatica SanMarino, MonedaNueva (Spain), NewZealandPost (New Zealand) and NUMISTRADE (Germany).

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