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The Millennial Anniversary of Saint Sophia Cathedral Foundation

Putting into circulation : 16 September 2011
Technical Specifications
Denomination Metal Weight of pure precious metals, gramme Diameter, mm Quality class of coinage Edge Mintage, pcs Actual, pcs
50 silver (Ag 999) 500 85,0 special uncirculated smooth with in-depth legends 1000 1000

Series: Spiritual Treasures of Ukraine
The commemorative coin is dedicated to the Saint Sophia cathedral founded in the 11th century, which has played a weighty part in the development and formation of the city of Kyiv as a spiritual, cultural and political centre. The Saint Sophia of Kyiv has always excited admiration thanks to its majesty and still deeply impresses as an outstanding monument of architecture and mural painting. Decoration element - local gilding (gold weight in fineness not less than 0.000634 g)
Retail price, Hryvnas: 18272

On the obverse above there is the Small Coat of Arms of Ukraine with the semicircular inscription НАЦІОНАЛЬНИЙ БАНК УКРАЇНИ (National Bank of Ukraine); against the background of the cupolas of Saint Sophia cathedral there is depicted a miniature model of its XIth century design; the coin face value 50/ГРИВЕНЬ (50 hryvnias) is indicated above against the background of the ornamental pattern used in the murals of the cathedral; below there is indicated the coin issue year 2011.
On the reverse there is the conventionalized composition representing a part of the mural decorations near the cathedral main altar - the XIth century mosaics `Eucharist` and `Orans`; above there is the conventionalized inscription ТИСЯЧОЛІТТЯ СОФІЇ КИЇВСЬКОЇ (Millennium of Sophia of Kyiv). The Blessed Virgin`s outer garment (omophor, pallium) is gilded.
Designer: Volodymyr Taran , Oleksandr Kharuk , Serhii Kharuk
Engraver: Volodymyr Atamanchuk , Sviatoslav Ivanenko