The Central Bank of the Russian Federation have announced (16th June) the availability of a silver proof commemorative coin in honor of the joint venture, “Year of the Russian Culture and the Russian Language in Italy”. The event is being marked by both the Italian State Mint (Instituto Poligrafico Zecca Dello Stato) and the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.
The obverse of the Russian coin depicts an image of the St. Nicholas church in Bari, Puglia Southern Italy. The inscription above the design is in Cyrillic and reads: “ХРАМ ПОДВОРЬЕ СВЯТИТЕЛЯ ЧУДОТВОРЦА НИКОЛАЯ” (The town church of St. Nicholas, the wonderworker of Myra in Lycia), and at the bottom – “БАРИ” (Bari).
The reverse of the coin depicts the image of Saint George the Victorious on horseback, spearing a dragon. The inscription below the design indicates the coin’s denomination: “2 РУБЛЯ” (2 Roubles) and the year of issue “2011”. The inscriptions above the main design read: “ГОД РОССИЙСКОЙ КУЛЬТУРЫ И РУССКОГО ЯЗЫКА В ИТАЛИИ” (The year of The Russian Culture and the Russian Language in Italy), and “БАНК РОССИИ” (Bank of Russia). The coin’s metal content and trademark of the Saint-Petersburg Mint along the fineness appears on either side of the denomination.
Struck to proof quality, the coin is minted in sterling silver with a weight of 20.3 grams and a diameter 34 mm. There is an authorised mintage of up to 10,000 pieces.
For more information on this and other coins issued by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, please visit their website at: http://www.cbr.ru/eng/bank-notes_coins/memorable_coins/current_year_coins/print.asp?file=110616_eng.htm
This coin is issued as a joint effort with the Italian State Mint. The description of the Italian coin can be found here.