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

Put into circulation on 20 December 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.: up to 5,000
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.: up to 10,000
Sale prices:
  • without box – 1 ruble 03 copecks
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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 left–hand part: the relief of a symbol of anniversary of Catholic church; in the right–hand part – 3 Cathedrals in (starting from top): Pinsk, Grodno and Minsk; in the top part – inscription along the rim: "2000–ГОДДЗЕ ХРЫСЦIЯНCTBA" (2000 YEARS OF CHRISTIANITY).

Belarus, together with the rest other world, celebrates the 2000–th anniversary of Christianity. On this account the Roman Catholic Church has chosen the event depicted on the commemorative coin of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus as the symbol of the Great Jubilee. Featured in the center is a cross encircling the globe. The cross reminds everyone of the fact that Christ died to save all the people. Three lines forming the cross represent the secret of the Sacred Trinity. Light – the symbol of Christ, the sole redeemer of the human race "yesterday, today and forever" – emanates from the center of the cross. Five doves symbolize five continents. Their interweaving indicates unification of nations and spiritual unity of God's children. The main objects of worship for the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus are the Minsk Arch–Cathedral and Cathedrals in Grodno and Pinsk.
The Minsk Cathedral is a baroque architecture monument. It was built in the main square of the medieval Minsk.
The Pinsk Cathedral was founded in 1396.
The Grodno Cathedral was built in downtown Grodno by Jesuits in 1678. It is a baroque architecture monument. In 1990, Рope John Paul II awarded it the title of Basilica.