Armenian Genocide Centenary coin named “Coin of the Year” at Moscow contest

The coin dedicated to the centenary of the Armenian Genocide issued by the Central Bank of Armenia has been named Coin of the Year at “Coin Constellation-2016” contest in Moscow.

Name The Centenary of the Armenian Genocide
Presented by Central Bank of Armenia
Nominal value 100 dram
Metal Silver 925°
Weight 67,2 g
Diameter 50,0 mm
Thickness 5,85 mm
Mintage 1000 pcs.
Production quality Uncirculated, antique-finish
Description of obverse and reverse Obverse: Armenian Genocide Memorials (right to left): the monument to the sorrowful mother (Izhevsk, RF), the monument to musician Komitas (Paris, France), the memorial – cross-stone (The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenia), the stela – cross-stone (Glendale, USA). Beneath – Tsitsernakaberd memorial (Yerevan, Armenia) and inscription “Armenian Genocide”. Around the rim – “REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA”, on the left – face value and year of issue. Reverse: Armenian Genocide Memorials (right to left): the monument to Armenian freedom fighters (Udjan, Armenia), a fragment from the memorial in the form of an eagle (Aleppo, Syria), a fragment from the memorial plaque: a statue of a woman (São Paulo, Brazil), a cross-stone (Antwerp, Belgium). Beneath – Tsitsernakaberd memorial and inscription “Armenian Genocide”. On the right – “1915–2015”.
A brief annotation The Armenian Genocide was administered by Turkey’s ruling circles during the First World War and the years subsequent. During 1915 about 800 Armenian intellectuals were arrested in Constantinople, more Armenian people were slaughtered and deported. Over 1,5 million Armenians were killed through the Genocide. Western Armenia was deprived of the native population. A massive damage was inflicted to the Armenians’ material and spiritual achievements. About 800 thousand Armenians were forced to migrate and scatter around the world settling in the countries where afterwards memorials to the victims of the Genocide were erected.
Designer Suren Simonyan; Aram Urutyan
Producer Lithuanian Mint
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