National Bank of the Republic of Belarus
20 Belorussian roubles
Obverse coin designer: Svetlana Nekrasova (Republic of Belarus); Reverse: V. Sokol, Svetlana Nekrasova (Republic of Belarus)
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: On the top there is a relief image of the coat of arms of the Republic of Belarus; in the centre – the geometrical composition based on a national floral ornament symbolizing the city's growth in harmony with the environment which reflects the theme of the exhibition “EXPO–2010” – “Better City – Better Life”, underneath the inscriptions – 20РУБЛЁЎ (20 Roubles) , the alloy and the year of issue; in the upper part in a circle – the inscription: “РЭСПУБЛІКА БЕЛАРУСЬ” (Republic of Belarus).
Reverse: On the coin’s reverse there are images of recognizable buildings which were symbols of the International Exhibition in different years and where they were held: The Crystal Palace of the First World Exhibition held in London in 1851; Eiffel Tower – for the exhibition held in Paris in 1889; panorama of Shanghai with a recognizable image of a television tower, which hosted the World Exposition in 2010; on the top in a circle – the title of the World Expo in Belarusian and English languages: “ЭКСПА 2010” and “EXPO 2010”.
A brief annotation
The coin is dedicated to the World Expo in Shanghai held under the slogan – "Better City – Better Life". On the coin’s reverse there are buildings growing straight out of the ground like flowers. Ethnic composition has underlined the beginning and serves as a demonstration of the connection of times – past, present and future, symbolizing the harmony of man with nature and the environment.
On the coin’s reverse so called spiral of time is depicted, representing the history of all world fairs, starting with the first held in 1851 in London and ending with the last held in Shanghai in 2010.