Russia: New silver Proof coin commemorates poet Konstantin Balmont

As of May 2, 2017, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation has issued a silver Proof coin commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of poet Konstantin Balmont (1867–1942). The coin is the latest entrant in the series “Outstanding Personalities of Russia.”


The obverse bears a relief image of the Russian Federation’s coat of arms with the inscriptions РОССИЙСКАЯ ФЕДЕРАЦИЯ (Russian Federation) above the arms and БАНК РОССИИ (Bank of Russia) below them. Under the bank name is the denomination, 2 РУБЛЯ (2 rubles) and the year of issue, 2017. At lower left of the arms is the fineness, Ag 925; and at lower right, the silver weight, 15.55, along with the trademark of the Saint Petersburg mint.

The reverse of the coin depicts a relief portrait of Russian poet K.D. (Konstantin) Balmont in three-quarter profile, facing left while positioned off-center to the right of the field. To the left of the portrait is a signature facsimile, with the dates 1867 and 1942, in two lines, below.

Denom. Composition Weight Diameter Edge Quality Mintage
2 rubles .925 silver 15.55 g 33 mm Proof Reeded 3,000

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