The First Russian Antarctic Expedition

The First Russian Antarctic Expedition

The First Russian Antarctic Expedition

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Date of issue: 06.09.1994
Denomination: 150 rubles
Currency: ruble
Metal, finenes: platinum, 999/1000
Total weight, G: 15.55
Diameter, mm: 28,6 (-0,25)
Thickness, mm: 1,50 (0,20
Mintage, pcs: 3000
Proof: Proof
Description

The obverse: 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: at the top 150 1994 . (150 RUBLES 1994), at the bottom Ȼ (BANK OF RUSSIA).

The reverse: to the left - the sloop "Vostok", to the right - the sloop "Mirny", under them from the left to the right - a boat with oarsmen in it and penguins on an ice-floe, the inscriptions along the rim: at the top " 1819-1821" (THE FIRST RUSSIAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1819-1821), at the bottom - " " (IN THE ANTARCTIC SEAS).

The artist: A.V. Baklanov
The sculptor: I.S. Komshilov
Leningrad Mint ()
The edge: 240 corrugations

The Antarctic - a vast continent with an area of 13,975,000 square kilometres. The mainland and several islands in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans were discovered in January 1820 by the Russian expedition of 1819-1921 on board of the naval sailing sloops "Mirny" (built in 1818, displacement: 530 tons) and "Vostok" (built in 1818, displacement: 900 tons). The first Russian Antarctic expedition was led by the captain of the "Mirny", Admiral Faddei Bellingshausen (1778-1852), a Russian navigator who participated in the first Russian voyage around the world in 1803-1806. The commander of the "Vostok" was Admiral Mikhail Lazarev (1788-1851), a Russian naval commander and navigator who participated in three voyages around the globe.

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