The National Bank of Ukraine have issued (12th December) two additional coins which are part of their ongoing and recently introduced series “Oblasts of Ukraine,” which will feature motifs and crests of all 26 oblasts (or administrative divisions) which comprise modern Ukraine. The series continues with the two latest issues dedicated to the oblasts of Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk who are both celebrating the 85th anniversary of their official founding. The series of collector coins was launched in July of this year with the issue of the first coin dedicated to the oblast of Kiev which also includes the city of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
Dnipropetrovsk Oblast coin: Located towards the east-central region of Ukraine, it is considered the most important industrial region of the country. Dnipropetrovsk Oblast was created on the 27th February 1932, and comprises a total land area of 31,974 square kilometres (12,345 square miles), and, as such, is the second largest oblast in terms of size. The population is currently 3,300,000 which means it is also the second most populous province in Ukraine with many in the region living in or around the administrative centre of Dnipro.
The obverse of the coin includes a small state emblem of Ukraine, under which the year of issue, 2017, is placed. Around the primary design are the inscriptions НАЦІОНАЛЬНИЙ БАНК УКРАЇНИ (National Bank Of Ukraine) placed above with the denomination П`ЯТЬ ГРИВЕНЬ (Five Hryvnia) placed below. On the right side is the logo of the National Bank of Ukraine and in the centre is a composition that is a unique visual portrait of the region. Featured is the Trinity Cathedral, a unique wooden church of the 18th century which was built without a single nail. Below is a bucket, under which there is a flower representing a fragment of Petrikovskaya style painting which received its name from the place where it originated, the village of Petrikovka, in the territory of modern Dnipropetrovsk. Towards the left are ears of corn, indicating the powerful agrarian potential of the region.
The reverse side of the coin depicts the coat of arms of the oblast and on the outer ring of the bi-metallic coin are the inscriptions ДНІПРОПЕТРОВСЬКА ОБЛАСТЬ (Dnipropetrovsk Region) along the top with the additional inscription ЗАСНОВАНА У 1932 РОЦІ (Founded in 1932) placed below.
Kharkiv Oblast coin: The modern province of Kharkiv was established on the 27th February 1932, and is located in eastern Ukraine, bordering the Russian Federation to the north. Kharkiv Oblast is the third most populous province of Ukraine with a population of 2,857,751, the majority of which live in the city of Kharkiv, which is the oblast’s administrative centre. Kharkiv’s total land area is presently 31,415 square kilometres (12,129 square miles) which makes them the fourth largest in terms of size. Kharkiv Oblast is an important agricultural sector with 19,000 square kilometres of arable land, comprising 5.9% of the total arable lands of Ukraine.
The obverse of the coin includes a small state emblem of Ukraine, under which is the year of issue 2017. Around the primary design are the inscriptions НАЦІОНАЛЬНИЙ БАНК УКРАЇНИ (National Bank Of Ukraine) placed above with the denomination П`ЯТЬ ГРИВЕНЬ (Five Hryvnia) placed below. On the right side is the logo of the National Bank of Ukraine and in the centre is a unique composition symbolising the white stone building of the Shariv palace built toward the end of the 19th century. On the right is an old style tractor, while on the left is an image of the Kharkiv fountain’s Zerkalʹnaya Struya monument, considered one of the most remarkable architectural monuments in Kharkiv along with representations of wheat and sunflowers.
The reverse side of the coin depicts the coat of arms of the oblast and on the outer ring of the bi-metallic coin are the inscriptions ХАРКІВСЬКА ОБЛАСТЬ (Kharkiv Region) along the top with the additional inscription ЗАСНОВАНА У 1932 РОЦІ (Founded in 1932) placed below.
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The coins representing the Oblasts of Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk are the seventh and eighth coins dated “2017” in the overall series of 26 coins. The coins are available from the National Bank’s representative offices within Ukraine. For additional information on the commemorative coins issued by the National Bank of Ukraine, please visit their website to view the latest information. The National Bank is launching a new website to order Ukrainian coins, we will advise our readers when the service is online, but interested collectors can already visit their page.