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.


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.


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).