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Coin "The Icon of Our Holy Lady “Kazanskaya”"

Икона Пресвятой Богородицы «Казанская»

Name The Icon of Our Holy Lady “Kazanskaya”
Presented by National Bank of the Republic of Belarus, International Coin House
Nominal value 20 belorussian rubles
Metal Silver 925°. Gold 999°
Thickness 2,6
Mintage 10 000
Production quality Proof quality with gold plating (1 side)
Description of obverse and reverse In the central part of the obverse – an ornament in the form of a 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 БЕЛАРУСЬ”, at the bottom – the face value “20 RUBLEЎ”, at the right from the face value - the year of issue. In the central part of on the reverse – the image of the Our Lady "Kazanskaya" (the images of aureoles of Our Lady, Jesus Christ, seraphims and stars on the clothing of Our Lady are made of gold); at the bottom – the inscription: “КАЗАНСКАЯ”.
A brief annotation The icon of Our Lady “Kazanskaya” was found in Kazan after the fire of 28th of June, 1579, when Our Lady appeared in a dream to a nine-year daughter of a merchant Onuchin – Matrona, saying that under the rubble of their house her miraculous icon was stored. The Our Lady took Matrona to the Archbishop of Kazan who tried to find the icon but failed. Then Matrona began to dig herself and immediately found the icon of extraordinary beauty. The icon was moved to the nearby church of St. Nicholas of Tula and then - to the Kazan Cathedral of the Annunciation. On the night of 29th of June, 1904, some robbers got into the church and stole the sanctity. To the present day the icon remains completely missed.
Designer Svetlana Zaskevich (Republic of Belarus)
Producer B.H. Mayer’s Kunstpraegeanstalt (Germany)

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