World Youth Games

World Youth Games

World Youth Games

Catalogue Number: 5109-0034

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Date of issue: 28.05.1998
Denomination: 1 ruble
Currency: ruble
Metal, finenes: silver, 925/1000
Total weight, G: 7.78
Diameter, mm: 25,00(0,20)
Thickness, mm: 2,20(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, lower the semicircular inscription Ȼ (BANK OF RUSSIA) framed by a circle of dots and inscriptions along the rim: at the top ܻ (ONE RUBLE), at the bottom 1998, the letters to the left indicate the metal sign and the fineness, to the right the fine metal content and the mint trade mark.

The reverse: a girl gymnast in the supporting stance against the background of the outline picture of the globe, behind to the left the Television Tower Ostankino in Moscow. The inscriptions along the rim: to the left ۻ (WORLD YOUTH GAMES), to the right 1998 (MOSCOW 1998).

The artist: Ju.G.Mayorova
The sculptor: Ju.G.Mayorova
Moscow Mint ()
The edge: 200 corrugations

The First World Youth Games (Moscow, July 11th -19th, 1998) were sporting competitions between young sportsmen from more than 140 countries of the world. The program of the Games included sporting types especially popular among young people: the football, track and field athletics, swimming, basketball, volley-ball, tennis, gymnastics and modern rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming, fencing, judo, Graeco-Roman wrestling. The Games were held under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The motto of the Games: Moscow Open World of the Childhood. There were no such sporting competitions in the history of the contemporary Olympic movement. The main aim of the Games is to involve young sportsmen in the Olympic movement, to prepare them for complicated psychological conditions of international starts, to select young talents for the participation in the future Olympic Games. Beginning from 2004 the World Youth Games will be held constantly, one year before the Olympic Games.