The Wooden Architecture of Kizhi

The Wooden Architecture of Kizhi

The Wooden Architecture of Kizhi

Series: Architectural Monuments of Russia

Catalogue Number: 5111-0028

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Date of issue: 15.08.1995
Denomination: 3 rubles
Currency: ruble
Metal, finenes: silver, 900/1000
Total weight, G: 31.10
Diameter, mm: 39,00(0,30)
Thickness, mm: 3,30(0,35)
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 3 1995 . (3 RUBLES 1995), at the bottom Ȼ (BANK OF RUSSIA).

The reverse: a view of the XVIIth-XIXth century wooden architectural monuments of Kizhi, in the center - the Transfiguration Church, the inscription at the top along the rim in two lines - " . XVIII-XIX .." (THE WOODEN ARCHITECTURE OF KIZHI. XVIIITH-XIXTH CENTURIES).

The artist: A.V. Baklanov
The sculptor: S.M. Ivanov
St. Petersburg Mint ()
The edge: 300 corrugations

Kizhi, an island on Lake Onega in northern Russia, is famous for its wooden churches, chapels, mills and peasant cabins created by unknown builders. The principal monument, "the wonder of wonders" of the island's architecture, is the wooden Transfiguration Church erected in 1714 by Russian builders using the most primitive tools, such as the axe and the chisel.