Commemorative coins "Minsk"

Put into circulation on 4 January 1999

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 in the background – the relief of the gate of the Minsk castle (12th century) reconstructed by Yu.A. Zayats; in the foreground – the relief of the Roman–Catholic Cathedral and a tower with a chiming clock in Cathedral Square (early 20–th century): in the top right–hand part – the city's coat of arms; inscriptions along the rim: "MIHCK" (MINSK) and "ГАРАДЫ БЕЛАРУСI" (BELARUSIAN CITIES).

Minsk is the largest Belarusian city. It was first mentioned in the records of the year 1067. Built as an outpost of the Polotsk lands on their southern frontiers, the city on more than one occasion during its centuries–old history hindered the advance of invaders. During more than 900 years the city's appearance often changed due to inexorable time, wars and fire.
Today Minsk is a political, economic, and cultural center, capital of the Republic of Belarus and of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The Minskovites give a lovingly treatment to the architectural legacy. Old buildings are being renovated and continue to serve people. The city's wide and light avenues and streets, spacious squares, diversified and well–proportioned architectural ensembles, magnificent green colors of squares and parks delight the eye.