Saint George the Victorious (coin)

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George the Victorious (gold)
Value50 rubles
Mass7.89 g (0.2537 troy oz)
Diameter22.60 mm (0.8898 in)
Thickness1.60 mm (0.063 in)
Edge134 corrugations
Composition99.9% Au
Years of minting2006–present
Catalog number5216-0060
Obverse
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DesignDouble-headed eagle with wings down
DesignerA. V. Baklanov
Design discontinued2016
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DesignCoat of arms of Russia
Reverse
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DesignSaint George and the Dragon
DesignerA. V. Baklanov

The Russian George the Victorious (Russian: монета Георгий Победоносец) coins are bullion coins issued in gold and silver by the Central Bank of Russia. The gold coins have a face value of 50 rubles and have been minted since 2006. The silver coins are Russia's first bullion coins in that metal; they have a face value of 3 rubles and have been minted since 2009.

Background[edit]

14th-century icon of Saint George slaying the dragon from Rostov (present day Russia)

Saint George was a Roman soldier and a member of the Praetorian Guard for Roman emperor Diocletian who died in 303 AD. He was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith. He was a Great Martyr for the Eastern Orthodox Church and a highly revered saint in both the Western and Eastern Christian churches. He is the patron saint for Moscow, England, Georgia, and Ethiopia. The legend of Saint George and the Dragon tells the story of Saint George slaying a dragon and saving a princess that was going to be sacrificed to the dragon. Images and sculptures of the legend have been produced since at least the 11th century.

The reverses of the coins have an image of Saint George slaying the dragon, as does the British sovereign coin.

Design[edit]

The coin was designed and sculpted by A. V. Baklanov and minted at the Saint Petersburg Mint and the Moscow Mint.[1] The 2006-2016 obverse features the emblem of the Central Bank of Russia—a double-headed eagle with wings down. This emblem was the same one used by the Russian Republic in 1917. Both obverses are inscribed with "БАНК РОССИИ" (Bank of Russia), "ПЯТЬДЕСЯТ РУБЛЕЙ" (Fifty rubles), indications of the precious metal content and its fineness, and the year of issue followed by the mint mark. M is the mint mark for the Moscow Mint and C-П is for the St. Petersburg Mint. From 2017 forward, The double-headed eagle version was replaced with the current Coat of arms of Russia. The top of the coin is inscribed with "РОССИЙСКАЯ ФЕДЕРАЦИЯ" (Russian Federation). This version of the obverse was designed by E. V. Kramskaya.[2]

Gold[edit]

Gold George the Victorious coins were first issued on February 1, 2006.

Year Mintage[2]
2006 150,000
2007 500,000
2008 630,000
2009 1,500,000
2010 640,000
2012 500,000
2014 300,000
2015 30,000
2018 150,000

Gold in proof quality[edit]

In August 2012, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation issued two special coins under "Saint George the Victorious" title. One coin has denomination "50 rubles" minted in 99.9% purity, and contains not less than 7.78 grams of fine gold. Unlike traditional 50 rubles Saint George the Victorious, the coin is minted in proof quality.[3] Another coin has "100 rubles" denomination, features 99.9% purity, contains not less than 15.55 gram of fine gold. The coin has the same design as 50 rubles Saint George the Victorious coins (except denomination on the obverse) but greater diameter and thickness. There are 240 corrugations on the edge of the coin (134 corrugations are on the edge of 50 rubles coins). The coin is also minted in proof quality.[4]

Higher prices (10-20% over uncirculated competitors of the same gold content), low mintages (10 thousand pieces of each denomination were issued) and a special care of proof coin handling turn Gold Saint George the Victorious in proof quality coins into numismatic items (commemorative coins) rather than means of a straightforward investment in gold coins.

Silver[edit]

George the Victorious (silver)
Value3 rubles
Mass31.1 g (1.00 troy oz)
Diameter39 mm (1.54 in)
Thickness3.10 mm (0.122 in)
Edge300 corrugations
Composition99.9% Ag
Years of minting2009–present
Catalog number5111-0178
Obverse
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DesignDouble-headed eagle with wings down
DesignerA. V. Baklanov
Design discontinued2016
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DesignCoat of arms of Russia
DesignerE.V. Kramskaya
Reverse
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DesignSaint George and the Dragon
DesignerA. V. Baklanov

Silver George the Victorious coins were first issued on January 11, 2009.

Year Mintage[2]
2009 280,000
2010 500,000
2011 0
2012 0
2013 0
2014 0
2015 100,000
2016 18,205
2017 20,000
2018 150,000

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "St. George the Victorious". Bank of Russia. Archived from the original on March 4, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "St. George the Victorius". AgAuNews. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Saint George the Victorious (proof, 50 Rub)". Bank of Russia. Archived from the original on October 28, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  4. ^ "Saint George the Victorious (proof, 100 Rub)". Bank of Russia. Archived from the original on October 28, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012.