Commemorative coins "Polotsk"

Put into circulation on 21 October 1998

Design: T.Radivilko (Belarus)
Minted by: Moscow Mint of Goznak, Moscow, Russia
  • 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: 39
  • Mintage, pcs.: 2,000
Sale prices:
  • without box – 37 rubles 42 copecks
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  • Copper–nickel
  • Denomination: 1 ruble
  • Weight of coin, g: 14.35
  • Quality: "proof–like"
  • Diameter, mm: 33
  • Mintage, pcs.: 2,000
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The coin is round. The rim is raised on both sides of the coin. The edge of the coin is corrugated.

Obverse

within the circular geometric ornament – the relief of the State Coat of Arms of the Republic of Belarus; beneath – year of issue, silver coin – fine silver content and alloy standard; inscriptions along the rim – on top: "РЭСПУБЛIКА БЕЛАРУСЬ" (REPUBLIC OF BELARUS), at the bottom: "ДВАЦЦАЦЬ РУБЛЁЎ" (TWENTY ROUBLES) on the silver coin and "АД3IН РУБЕЛЬ" (ONE ROUBLE) on the copper–nickel coin.

Reverse

in the center – the relief of the layout of Polotsk based on a 16th century engravement, in the top right–hand part – the city's coat of arms of the 16th–18th centuries; inscriptions along the rim: "ПОЛАЦК" (POLATSK) and "ГАРАДЫ БЕЛАРУСI" (BELARUSIAN CITIES).

Pololsk is one of the most ancient cities in Eastern Europe. First mentioned in records as far back as 862. In the 10–th – 13fh centuries it was the center of the Polotsk Principality, a large state formation whose social and political life was to a great extent dependent on a popular assembly – veche. In the 14th – 16th centuries, Polotsk was the largest city in the Grand Principality of Lithuania. Its advantageous geographic position stimulated proliferation of trade and growth of citizens' wealth.
Throughout its centuries–old history, the city has been and still remains a spiritual and cultural center of Belarus. It produced such an outstanding personalities as Efrosinya Polotskaya (Efrosinya of Polotsk), Francisk Scorina and Simeon Polotsky (Simeon of Polotsk). The first Belarusian Ortodox church – St. Sophia Cathedral (Sophiisky Sobor) (11th century) – was built in this city, there was the most ancient Belarusian library in the 11th – 14th centuries. As in the olden times, Polotsk today is the city of rich musical and artistic culture and the center of spiritual revival of our state.