The Central Bank of the Russian Federation has recently released a silver proof commemorative coin which celebrates the 175th anniversary of the birth of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The coin is issued in the series of “Outstanding Personalities of Russia.”
P.I. Tchaikovsky is widely considered to be the most popular Russian composer in history. His works includes the The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.
The obverse design of the coin features the emblem of the Bank of Russia, the two-headed eagle. The inscriptions include “БАНК РОССИИ” (BANK OF RUSSIA), “ДВА РУБЛЯ” (TWO ROUBLES), and the year of issue 2015. The precious metal purity of .925 silver is indicated along with the fine metal content of 15.55 g.
The reverse design of the coin features an image of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky against a background of birch branches, a stave, a score, and a violin. A stylized inscription reads “П.И. ЧАЙКОВСКИЙ” (P.I. TCHAIKOVSKY) with the dates “1840-1893” appearing below.
The coins are struck in 92.5% silver with a fine metal content of 15.55 grams and diameter of 33.0 mm. The mintage is 3,000 pieces.
Information about the coin on the Central Bank of Russia’s website can be found here.