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The Irmologion as the Spiritual Heritage of Ukraine and Belarus

Putting into circulation : 15 December 2020
Technical Specifications
Denomination Metal Weight of pure precious metals, gramme Diameter, mm Quality class of coinage Edge Mintage, pcs Actual, pcs
20 silver (Ag 925) 62.2 50,0 special uncirculated smooth with in-depth legends 2500 2500

Series: Spiritual Treasures of Ukraine
This coin celebrates irmologions – collections of various types of liturgical chants written in sheet music. This ancient spiritual tradition was widespread in the late 16th century and later across all ethnic Ukrainian and Belarusian lands. The Irmologion, the first book written in sheet music, contained a collection of irmoi – melodic and rhythmic models for troparia of ode canons, which made it popular both in church and teaching practices. Words in irmos texts are threaded like coral beads onto a string, alternating like ornament motifs. Irmologions were written in monasteries, cathedrals and parish churches. Most extant irmologions are hand-written. In the early 18th century, printed irmologions written in sheet music started to appear.
Retail price, Hryvnas: 3384

Obverse: above is the legend УКРАЇНА (Ukraine), below which is a stylized gold-plated page (local gilding) from the Suprasl Irmologion (1598–1601) – the oldest extant manuscript written in sheet music and a source of Kyiv Church liturgical heritage and music, which is stored in Ukraine’s Volodymyr Vernadskyi National Library; to the left of the page is Ukraine`s small coat of arms, below which is the coin’s issue year – 2020; to the right of the page is the coin’s face value 20/ГРИВЕНЬ (20/hryvnias).
Reverse: in the center is a fragment from the Raising of the Cross with the Family of John III Sobieski icon(1670–1689), which is kept in Andrey Sheptytsky National Museum in Lviv; the fragment shows rhythmic and solid representations of chanters singing from music; above are the following stylized legends: ЗБІРНИК/ ЦЕРКОВНИХ ПІСНЕСПІВІВ/ ІРМОЛОГІОН (collection/of church chants/irmologion); under the image of the chanters is a stylized fragment of an irmologion page.
Designer: Volodymyr Taran , Oleksandr Kharuk , Serhii Kharuk
Engraver:  avers: Volodymyr Atamanchuk , Sviatoslav Ivanenko  revers: програмне моделювання – Андріянов Віталій