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Ivan Piddubnyi


Putting into circulation : 5 October 2021
Technical Specifications
Denomination Metal Weight, g Diameter, mm Quality class of coinage Edge Mintage, pcs Actual, pcs
2 nickel silver 12.8 31,0 special uncirculated corrugated 35000 35000

Series: Outstanding Personalities of Ukraine
This coin celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ivan Piddubnyi, a renowned athlete who won six Greco-Roman wrestling World Cups. The “champion of the champions” or the “king of the champions” – as the European media of his day called him – won world renown for his Herculean strength, courage, agility and willpower. Over the 40 years of his career, Piddubnyi did not lose a single championship, losing only some individual fight matches. Piddubnyi, who was of Cossack stock, rose to fame as a legendary athlete, while his name became the symbol of his people’s indomitable spirit. To this day, people of great physical strength are compared to Piddubnyi.
Retail price, Hryvnas: 49

Obverse: above is the legend УКРАЇНА/ 2021 (Ukraine/2021), below which is Ukraine`s small coat of arms; in the center is a stylized composition depicting a medal on a ribbon that is made to look like the globe; around the globe are the following legends: УКРАЇНСЬКИЙ БОГАТИР (Ukrainian strongman) (semicircular, above the globe) and ЧЕМПІОН ЧЕМПІОНІВ (champion of the champions) (semicircular, below the globe); beneath, against a smooth background is the coin’s face value 2/ГРИВНІ (2 hryvnias); on either side of the central composition are stylized fighting scenes; beneath, to the right is the mint mark of the NBU Banknote Printing and Minting Works.
Reverse: against a smooth background is an image of Piddubnyi, to the right of which are the years of his birth and death – 1871/1949 and the legend ІВАН ПІДДУБНИЙ (Ivan Piddubnyi) (semicircular, to the right).
Designer: Volodymyr Taran , Oleksandr Kharuk , Serhii Kharuk
Engraver: Sviatoslav Ivanenko , Anatolii Demianenko
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