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100 Years of Ukraine’s First Postage Stamps


Putting into circulation : 25 September 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 45000 45000

Series: Other coins
The commemorative coin celebrates the shah, a currency that circulated in the times of the Ukrainian People’s Republic. The shah was equivalent to 1/100 of the hryvnia and was issued in the form of postage stamps with denominations of 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 shahs. Shahs were initially conceived as postage stamps only. In the times of the Central Council, however, Ukraine was suffering a shortage of small change, the need for which was growing by the month. On 18 April 1918, the Central Council enacted a law that authorized the issuance of shahs in the form of postage stamps that were to be used as coins.
Retail price, Hryvnas: 61

Obverse: Ukraine`s small coat of arms, to the right of which is the legend УКРАЇНА (Ukraine)/2018; underneath are fragments of the 30-shah postage stamp; to the left is the vertically positioned face value 5 ГРИВЕНЬ (five hryvnia) and the legends 1918, ХОДИТЬ/НАРІВНІ/З ДЗВІНКОЮ/МОНЕТОЮ (1918, has the same validity as metal coins); below is the mint mark of the NBU’s Banknote Printing and Minting Works.
Reverse: a color image of a 50-shah postage stamp (in pad printing) against a smooth background, and the circular legend ПЕРШІ ПОШТОВІ МАРКИ УКРАЇНСЬКОЇ НАРОДНОЇ РЕСПУБЛІКИ (the first postage stamps of the Ukrainian People’s Republic); below is the legend 100 РОКІВ (100 years).
Designer: Volodymyr Taran , Oleksandr Kharuk , Serhii Kharuk
Engraver: Volodymyr Demianenko
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