Ewa Tyc-Karpińska (reverse), Roussana Nowakowska (obverse)
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: he design of the coin refers to the iconographic style used during the times of the Hanseatic League: underneath the ribbon featuring the word “Hansa” there is an expanded map of Europe showing the central part of the League’s operational area (including the trade routes). The central part of the coin features a ship characteristic for the period – a cog, being a merchant vessel. To the right: an image of the trident – the attribute of Roman god of the seas, Neptun and his Greek counterpart, Poseidon. Below it, the image of a herald’s staf known as the caduceus, oten associated with the god of trade, Mercury (and its Greek counterpart, Hermes) are shown as coins. To the let: the portrait of Her Royal Highness, Elizabeth II. Below it the year of issue (2010), the face value (1 Dollar) and the inscription “ELIZABETH II”. On the let side of Queen’s Head: the mark of the Mint (MW).
Reverse: At the top: the inscription Veliky Novgorod in Russian placed in a stylized birch bark, coming from former Ruthenia. In the central part: a fragment of the frieze of St Nicolas’ Church in Stralsund (2nd half of the 14th century) depicting inhabitants of Veliky Novgorod, selling furs. In the background: St. Nicholas’ Cathedral. At the bottom: Veliky Novgorod’s coat of arms.
A brief annotation
Veliky Novgorod (Russian: Вели́кий Но́вгород) is one of Russia's most historic cities and the administrative centre of Novgorod Oblast. Translated from Russian, its name means roughly "The Great New City". One of the historic buildings of the city is the Nikoło-Dvorishtchensky Sabor (Nikolskiy Sabor at the Court of Yaroslav). As the sabor for centuries attracted various Hanseatic League merchants, it became a symbol of cooperation between the New Hansa and Veliky Novgorod. In the Middle Ages, apart from the Nikolo-Dvorishtchensky Sabor, the most important Hanseatic kantor in Veliky Novgorod was the German Court, in the Hanseatic sources referred to as St.Peter’s Court. The key commodities exported West from Veliky Novgorod included furs, wax and leather.