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Coin "The Icon of Holy Lady “Zhirovitskaya”"

Икона Пресвятой Богородицы «Жировицкая»

Name The Icon of Holy Lady “Zhirovitskaya”
Presented by National Bank of the Republic of Belarus, International Coin House
Nominal value 20 belorussian rubles
Metal Silver 925°. Gold 999°
Mintage 10 000
Production quality Proof with gold plating
Description of obverse and reverse In the central part of the obverse – an ornament in the form of grape-vine symbolizing Our Lady; inside the ornament there is a memorial cross mounted a castle in Zaslavl to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the Orthodox Church in Belarus, and the coin alloy; at the top - a relief image of the State Emblem of the Republic Belarus and the inscription in two lines: “РЭСПУБЛІКА БЕЛАРУС”, at the bottom – the face value “20 RUBLEЎ”, at the right from the face value - the year of issue. In the central part of the reverse – the image of the Our Lady "Zhyrovіtskaya" (the images of aureoles of Our Lady, Jesus Christ, seraphim and stars on the clothing of Our Lady are made of gold) at the bottom – the inscription: “ЖЫРОВІЦКАЯ”.
A brief annotation Our Lady Zhirovitskaya icon is among the 100 most important Orthodox icons of the world. This is the smallest of the Mother of God honorable icons. It is kept in the Assumption Cathedral of the Assumption Zhirovitsky monastery. Tradition claims that the icon was found by shepherds in the depths of a forest in the second half of XV century and later - by children after the fire in 1520. After foundation of the monastery in Zhirovitsi in 1587 the icon was constantly kept within its walls. In the first half of XVII century the icon was well known and honored among believers and baziliansky monastery, founded in 1613 in Zhirovitsi, became one of the most important pilgrimages in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Designer Svetlana Zaskevich (Republic of Belarus)
Producer B.H. Mayer’s Kunstpraegeanstalt (Germany)

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