Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia
Proof , pad-printing
B.H. Mayer Mint (Germany)
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: in the center – the monastery complex in the Lake Sevan peninsula (Sevanavank) and year of issue. Along the rim - inscriptions “REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA, 1000 DRAM” in Armenian and English.
Reverse: two wrestlers in national garbs on the background of mountains with the musicians playing national instruments on their right and left. Along the rim - inscriptions “KOKH” in Armenian and English.
A brief annotation
“Art of Fighting” series of coins includes “Kokh”, “Judo”, “Wushu” and “Karate”.
Kokh is a wrestling style traditionally practiced in Armenia. An interesting feature which makes kokh distinctive is that wrestlers have to start with a national dance before the very fighting which symbolizes their friendly relationship. Formerly, kokh was an integral part of national festivities, wedding parties and other entertainment events as it played an important role in the cultural and educational context. Prominent kokh wrestlers are still in memory of Armenian people.