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Great Imperial Crown (special edition)
Большая императорская корона (в специальном исполнении)
Presented by
Saint Petersburg Mint of Goznak (Russia), Central Bank of the Russian Federation
Nominal value
25 rubles
Silver 925°
Production quality
The artists: E.V. Kramskaya (obverse), A.D. Schablykin (reverse). The sculptor: A.A. Dolgopolova (obverse, reverse).
Saint Petersburg Mint of Goznak (Russia)
Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse: on the mirror field of the disc – the relief image of the National Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation, over it – the semicircular inscription along the rim: "РОССИЙСКАЯ ФЕДЕРАЦИЯ" (RUSSIAN FEDERATION), framed on both sides by doubled rhombuses, below under the coat of arms: to the left – indications of the precious metal and its fineness, to the right – the fine metal content and the mint trade mark, at the bottom in the centre, in three lines – the inscription: "БАНК РОССИИ" (BANK OF RUSSIA), the denomination of the coin: "25 РУБЛЕЙ" (25 RUBLES), the year of issue: "2016 г." (2016). The reverse: in the centre of the disc – against a background of the traditional Russian ornament elements the image of the Great Imperial Crown with color elements, above along the rim the inscription: "АЛМАЗНЫЙ ФОНД РОССИИ" (DIAMOND FUND OF RUSSIA).
A brief annotation
For the coronation of the Empress Catherine II in 1762, the court jeweler Georg Friedrich Eckardt and a jewelry master Jérémie Pauzié created the Great Imperial Crown. The crown of the Russian Empire is decorated with 4,936 diamonds and the most famous of its jewels is a spinel ruby of 398.72 carats. This stone was purchased in 1676 from the Chinese Emperor Kangxi and originally decorated the imperial headdress of Elizabeth I. For a long time the precious stone was taken for a huge ruby, and only at the end of the last century gemologists proved that the stone was a spinel.
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№ 3(64) 2023
№ 3(64) 2023
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