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100 Years of the Kobzar Choir

Putting into circulation : 18 October 2018
Technical Specifications
Denomination Metal Weight, g Diameter, mm Quality class of coinage Edge Mintage, pcs Actual, pcs
5 nickel silver 16.54 35,0 special uncirculated corrugated 40000 40000

Series: Other coins
This commemorative coin is dedicated to the Kobzar Choir, a Ukrainian professional musical collective created in 1918 under the leadership of bandurist Vasyl Yemets. Both the National Honored Bandurist Chapel of Ukraine named after Hryhorii Maiboroda, and the Shevchenko Ukrainian Bandurist Chapel (based in Chicago, IL) are thought to have sprung from the Kobzar Choir. Kobzar art amazes the listener with its urge for distinctive self-sufficiency and its spirit of defiance. Through their activities, the two collectives promote the Ukrainian cultural heritage, which has won them the Taras Shevchenko National Award of Ukraine.
Retail price, Hryvnas: 51

Obverse: on top, against a smooth background is the legend УКРАЇНА (Ukraine), below which is Ukraine’s small coat of arms, on either side of which are the years 1918 and 2018; against a relief background is the coin’s face value, 5 ГРИВЕНЬ (five hryvnias), under which is a conventionalized arrangement of seven banduras against a floral pattern; the circular legend reads ВИТОКИ • КОБЗАРСЬКИЙ ХОР (угорі); НАЦІОНАЛЬНА ЗАСЛУЖЕНА КАПЕЛА БАНДУРИСТІВ УКРАЇНИ ІМ. Г. І. МАЙБОРОДИ; (origins, Kobzar Choir (above), Hryhorii Maiboroda National Honored Bandurist Chorus of Ukraine (on the left)).
Reverse: there is a symbolic arrangement featuring a conventionalized fragment of a bandura with strings, to the right of which is a wreath, on top of which is the legend ПОВІЙ, ВІТРЕ, НА ВКРАЇНУ… (do blow, oh wind, into Ukraine...). The circular legends read УКРАЇНСЬКА КАПЕЛА БАНДУРИСТІВ ПІВНІЧНОЇ АМЕРИКИ ІМ. ТАРАСА ШЕВЧЕНКА, ВИТОКИ • КОБЗАРСЬКИЙ ХОР • 1918.(Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of North America, origins, Kobzar Choir, 1918).
Designer: Volodymyr Taran , Oleksandr Kharuk , Serhii Kharuk
Engraver: Volodymyr Atamanchuk