Commemorative coins dedicated to the 2000th Anniversary of Christianity (In the Orthodox religion)

Put into circulation on 20 December 1999

Design: Obverse designer: T.Radivilko (Belarus).Reverse designer: V.Lemachko (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.: up to 5,000
Sale prices:
  • without box – 37 rubles 42 copecks
out of stock
  • Copper–nickel
  • Denomination: 1 ruble
  • Weight of coin, g: 14.35
  • Quality: "proof–like"
  • Diameter, mm: 33
  • Mintage, pcs.: up to 10,000
Sale prices:
  • without box – 1 ruble 03 copecks
out of stock

Coins are round. The rim is raised on both sides of the coin. The edge of the coin is corrugated.


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 – at the 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.


In the center – the relief of the Church of Nativity; above – The Bethlehem Star; inscriptions along the rim: at the top – "2000 ГОД НАРАДЖЭННЮ ХРЫСТОВУ" (2000 YEARS SINCE JESUS CHRIST'S BIRTH), at the bottom – "ВIФЛЕЕМ" (BETHLEHEM).

Since the birth of Christ the town of Bethlehem has become a sacred place. On the site where he was born, above the cave, the Church of Nativity was erected. Over centuries, it was enlarged and rebuilt many times, so now it is a large temple complex. Divine services which are especially ceremonial on the patronal festival – Christmas – are performed in it. Holding the greatest sacred thing worshipped by all the Christians throughout the world, the Church of Nativity has become a permanent place of adoration and pilgrimage for all the Christians, whatever their confessions.
The commemorative coin of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus dedicated to the 2000–th anniversary of Christianity features the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem.