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Bicentenary of the Rostral Columns, Saint Petersburg

Bicentenary of the Rostral Columns, Saint Petersburg

Bicentenary of the Rostral Columns, Saint Petersburg

Catalogue Number: 5115-0060

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Date of issue: 27.12.2010
Denomination: 25 rubles
Currency: ruble
Metal, finenes: silver, 925/1000
Total weight, G: 155.50
Diameter, mm: 60,00 (0,50)
Thickness, mm: 6,60 (0,50)
Mintage, pcs: 3000
Proof: Proof

The obverse: in the centre - the emblem of the Bank of Russia [the two-headed eagle with wings down, under it - the semicircular inscription " " (BANK OF RUSSIA)] framed by a circle of dots and inscriptions along the rim - on top: " " (TWENTY FIVE RUBLES), below: to the left - indications of the precious metal and its fineness, in the centre - the year of issue "2010 ." (2010), to the right - the fine metal content and the mint trade mark.

The reverse: to the right and to the left against the background of the Saint Petersburg Commodity Exchange - two Rostral Columns, under them - inscription: "-" (SAINT PETERSBURG), above over the building of the Commodity Exchange - dates in two lines: "1810" and "2010", to the left in the background - outlines of urban buildings; above along the rim - semicircular inscription: " " (ROSTRAL COLUMNS)

The artists: A.V. Baklanov National Artist of Russia, L.A. Evdokimova, E.V. Kramskaya.
The sculptor: A.N. Bessonov.
Mint: Saint Petersburg Mint ().
The edge: 252 corrugations

Rostral Columns - the monument to the glory of the Russian Navy - were erected in 1810 under the project of the architect J.F Thomas de Thomon in Saint Petersburg on the split of the Vasilyevsky Island in the front of the Commodity Exchange. Originally they were used as light-houses for vessels floating through the Small and Big Neva. Allegoric figures at the foot of the monument mean great Russian rivers Volga, Dnieper, Neva and Volkhov. In 1957, the ritual of lighting the torches on the Rostral Columns on day of official festive occasions has been renewed.