The First IOC Congress

The First IOC Congress

The First IOC Congress

Series: The Olympic Century of Russia

Catalogue Number: 5414-0001

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Date of issue: 20.01.1993
Denomination: 10 rubles
Currency: ruble
Metal, finenes: palladium, 999/1000
Total weight, G: 15,55
Diameter, mm: 30,00 (-0,25)
Thickness, mm: 2,30 (0,20)
Mintage, pcs: 3000
Proof: Proof

The obverse: in the center the Emblem of the Bank of Russia (the two headed eagle designed by I.Bilibin), the letters under it indicate the metal sign, the fineness, the mint trademark and the fine metal content.. The inscriptions along the rim framed by a circle of dots: at the top 10 1993 . (10 RUBLES 1993), at the bottom " " (BANK OF RUSSIA).

The reverse: portraits of participants in the First Congress of the International Olympic Committee. In the center - Pierre de Coubertin, to the right - A. D. Butovsky, to the left - the Olympic torch and the Emblem of the National Olympic Committee of Russia, below - a laurel branch. Under the portraits - the inscription in four lines: " ." (PIERRE DE COUBERTIN A. BUTOVSKY). The inscriptions along the rim: at the top - " " (THE OLYMPIC CENTURY OF RUSSIA), at the bottom - " " (FIRST IOC CONGRESS).

The artists: A.V. Baklanov (obverse), N.A. Nosov (reverse)
The sculptor: A.V. Baklanov
Leningrad Mint ()
The edge: 111 corrugations

The Olympic Games originate from Greece. They were celebrated in Olympia from 776 BC to 394 AD. All hostilities were suspended while the Olympic Games were held. The modern Olympiads began at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin (1863-1937), a French public figure who was for many years the President of the International Olympic Committee, founded in 1894. Russian general A. D. Butovsky was one of the founders of the IOC. The first Russian athlete to receive an Olympic gold medal was Nikolai Panin-Kolomenkin (1871(72)-1956), who won the figure-skating competition at the Fourth Olympiad held in London in 1908.