Ukraine wins Coin of the Year at COINS-2010
- Published on 17 June 2010
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Mykola Hohol (
As a civil servant, Hohol spent his free time composing short stories based on his observations and memories of life in
Although criticized by his Russian contemporaries for butchering the Russian language, his genius and talented use of the two languages created Hohol's unique style.
The 50 Hryven coin was issued on
On the obverse side of the coin is a circular grotesque composition “the story-teller and listeners”, consisting of characters from Hohol’s literary work Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka. In the center is a portrait of Mykola Hohol holding a quill pen in his hand. Near the top rim is the small National Emblem of Ukraine and a semicircular inscription "НАЦІОНАЛЬНИЙ БАНК УКРАЇНИ", near the bottom rim is 50 ГРИВЕНЬ.
On the reverse side is a circular grotesque composition illustrating the story The Night before Christmas. In the center is a Christmas star with a candle inside, the flame imitated by a yellow sapphire. Under the star is a semicircular inscription "НІЧ ПЕРЕД РІЗДВОМ".
The silver Ag 999 coin weighs 500 grams and has a diameter of 85 mm. Only
Silver Coin of the Year
International Year of Astronomy was awarded the Silver Coin of the Year. The commemorative coin is dedicated to the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009), a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO to celebrate astronomy and its contributions to society and culture, stimulating worldwide interest not only in astronomy, but in science in general. IYA2009 conveys the excitement of personal discovery, the pleasure of sharing fundamental knowledge about the Universe and our place in it.
Four hundred years ago Galileo Galilei published an account of his telescopic observations of the moons of Jupiter, using this observation to argue in favor of the sun-centered, Copernican theory of the universe. Stephen Hawking said, "Galileo, perhaps more than any other single person, was responsible for the birth of modern science."
On the obverse side of the coin near the top rim is the Small Coat of Arms of Ukraine, the coin issue year 2009 and the legend in three lines: НАЦІОНАЛЬНИЙ БАНК УКРАЇНИ (National Bank of
On the reverse against the raised background are a depiction of Galileo Galilei and a medieval miniature of starry sky observation on the left, and a field of galaxies and a radio telescope on the right. Against the smooth background is a ground-based observatory. Around the top rim are the inscriptions МІЖНАРОДНИЙ (International), РІК (year) and in the center of the coin АСТРОНОМІЇ (of astronomy) in which Saturn substitutes for the letter O.
The silver Ag 999 coin weighs