Commemorative coins "The Legend of the Cuckoo"

Put into circulation on 27 March 2008

Design: O. Novosiolova (Belarus)
Minted by: CJSC "Lithuanian Mint", Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Silver, Alloy standard of silver: 925
  • Denomination: 20 rubles
  • Weight of coin, g: 33.62
  • Fine silver content, g: 31.1
  • Quality: "proof"
  • Diameter, mm: 38.61
  • Mintage, pcs.: 5,000
Sale prices:
  • without box – 37 rubles 42 copecks
out of stock
  • Copper–nickel
  • Denomination: 1 ruble
  • Weight of coin, g: 15.5
  • Quality: "proof–like"
  • Diameter, mm: 33
  • Mintage, pcs.: 5,000
Sale prices:
  • without box – 1 ruble 23 copecks
out of stock

The coins are round in shape with the raised rim on the obverse and the reverse. The coins’ edge is grained.

Obverse

at the top – the relief image of the State Coat of Arms of the Republic of Belarus; in the center – the stylized image of the silhouettes of cuckoos and elements of the national Belarusian ornament against the background of the symbol of perpetual motion – the image of a spinning wheel whose pattern is changing into the structure of tree rings; beneath – the year of issue (alloy standard shown on the silver coin); and circumferential inscriptions: at the top – РЭСПУБЛІКА БЕЛАРУСЬ (THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS) and at the bottom – 20 РУБЛЁЎ (20 RUBLES) on the silver coin and 1 РУБЕЛЬ (1 RUBLE) on the copper–nickel coin.

Reverse

in the center – the stylized image of a cuckoo whose wings look like long sleeves of feminine dress flapping in the course of dancing; the national Belarusian ornaments are shown inside the silhouette of the cuckoo; beneath the right wing – conditional images of the kids’ bodies and egg–shaped ovals that are symbols of the legend; and on the left – a circumferential inscription: ЛЕГЕНДА ПРА ЗЯЗЮЛЮ (THE LEGEND OF THE CUCKOO).