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Samiilo Velychko


Putting into circulation : 1 December 2020
Technical Specifications
Denomination Metal Weight of pure precious metals, gramme Diameter, mm Quality class of coinage Edge Mintage, pcs Actual, pcs
10 silver (Ag 925) 31.1 38,6 proof smooth with in-depth legends 3000 3000

Series: Heroes of Cossack Age
This coin celebrates a Cossack chronicler, Samiilo Velychko (about 1670–1728), who wrote the first systematic chronicle of Ukrainian Cossack history from the middle of the 17th century through the beginning of the 18th century. While working on his chronicle, full of national patriotism, state-focused views and Cossack freedom-loving ideas, Velychko drew from multiple foreign and domestic sources, while also attempting to provide an in-depth analysis and correct descriptions of historical events and facts.
Retail price, Hryvnas: 1622

Obverse: above is Ukraine’s small coat of arms, below which is the stylized legend УКРАЇНА (Ukraine); against a smooth background is a composition symbolizing the activities of a chronicler: an ink pot, from which a sheet of paper with the following legends unfolds: ЛІТОПИС/ САМІЙЛА/ ВЕЛИЧКА/ 1720 (chronicle/by Samiilo/Velychko/1720); the coin’s face value 10/ГРИВЕНЬ (10/hryvnias) and the coin’s issue year – 2020 are beneath.
Reverse: against a matt background is the smooth outline of a Cossack’s profile (the image of Samiilo Velychko); against the backdrop of the profile is the following fragment of the preface to Velychko’s chronicle written in the cursive style used by Cossacks: ЦІКАВОМУ/ НОРОВУ ЛЮДСЬКОМУ/ НЕ МОЖЕ НІЧОГО БУТИ/ СПОДОБНІШОГО, ЛАСКАВИЙ/ ЧИТАЛЬНИКУ,/ ЯК ЧИТАТИ КНИГИ Й/ ДІЗНАВАТИСЯ ПРО/ ДАВНІ ЛЮДСЬКІ/ ДІЯННЯ/ І ВЧИНКИ (Dear reader, nothing is more interesting for the curious human nature than to read books and learn about old human acts and deeds); to the left, against the background of a quill pen, is the legend САМІЙЛО/ ВЕЛИЧКО (Samiilo/Velychko); to the right of the profile are the dates of the chronicler’s birth and death 1670/1728.
Designer: Volodymyr Taran , Oleksandr Kharuk , Serhii Kharuk
Engraver: Volodymyr Atamanchuk , програмне моделювання – Лук’янов Юрій
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