Armenia issues collector coins dedicated to Gevorg Chavush and 75th anniversary of WWII Victory

The Central Bank of Armenia has issued two silver collector coins dedicated to hero of the Armenian liberation movement Gevorg Chavush and the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War.

The 75th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War

The Great Patriotic War (started June 22, 1941 – ended May 9, 1945) was the war people of the USSR fought against fascist Germany and its allies, an important and decisive part of World War II (1939-1945).

More than 500,000 Armenians with the other peoples of the Soviet Union fought heroically on all fronts against the enemy, of whichabout 200,000 was killed in the fightings. 106 Armenians were awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, 27 – got the Orders of Glory (of three classes), and more than 70,000 were decorated with orders and medals. There were oversixty Armenian generals and one admiral in the command staff of the USSR Armed Forces, who led large military units. Among them were Army General H. Baghramyan (later Marshal of the Soviet Union), Soviet Navy Admiral I. Isakov (Hovhannes Isahakyan), Aviation Marshal S. Khudyakov (Armenak Khanperyants), H. Babajanyan (later Chief Marshal of Armed Troops), Generals M. Parseghov,S. Galajev, S. Martirosyan,H. Martirosyan, N. Safaryan, A. Karapetyan, H. Tumanyan, B. Arushanyan and many others.

May 9 is a Great Victory Day for families living in any part of the former Soviet Union. Our fathers and grandfathers made that victory and served as an example of heroism and true patriotism to future generations.

Obverse:the monument “Mother Armenia” in Yerevan and the 1-st class Order of the Patriotic War.

Reverse: a shield and the St. George Ribbon
Designed by Karapet Abraham
Face value                         75 dram
Metal/fineness                    silver 9250
Weight                    67,2g
Diameter                           50,0 mm
Quality                    proof
Edge                                ribbed
Quantity                           500 pcs
Year of issue                      2020

Gevorg Chavush

Gevorg Chavush (Gevorg Ghazaryan, 1870-1907) is a hero of the Armenian liberation movement, a fedai.

He received education at St. Karapet Monastery School in Moush. He participated in the self-defense battles of Sasun (1891-1894). In September of 1894, the Turkish government arrested and sentenced Chavush to 15 years in prison. In 1896,he made a prison escape to Sasun, then met General Andranik and became armed companion with him. In 1901,Chavush participated in the battles of Berdak, Norshen and Arakelots monasteries, in 1904 – in the Sasun uprising, led the self-defense operations of Ishkhanadzor and Talvorik. Chavush’s fighting group heroically fought against dominant Turkish forces in various parts of Western Armenia. On May 27,1907, Turkish troops surrounded the Chavush’s detachment in the village of Sulukh in the Mush valley, where at the approaches to the village, near the bridge Chavush was killed in an unequal battle.

Chavush is one of the prominent figures of the Armenian liberation movement, who rose up against the Turkish regime in Western Armenia, a selfless fighter dedicated to the liberation of his people.

In Yerevan the monument to Chavush (sculptor Levon Tokmajyan) was erected on the square named after him. There are also streets, schools in Yerevan and other places of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh that are named after him.

Obverse:a shield and a sword against the background of the rays of sunshine.

Reverse: prototype of the sculptural portrait of Gevorg Chavush (a fragment from the memorial complex dedicated to the Armenian hajduk, sculptor – Yu. Minasyan) and an eagle with a sword.

Designed by Karapet Abrahamyan
Minted in the Lithuanian Mint
Face value                         1000 dram
Metal/fineness                    silver 925
Weight                    33,6 g
Diameter                           40,0 mm
Quality                    proof
Edge                                ribbed
Quantity                           500 pcs
Year of issue                      2020

Collector coins are made of precious metals and are issued to present to the society the national, international, historical and cultural, spiritual and other values of the country, to immortalize these values in the metal and to meet the demands of the numismatic market.

Like any other currency the collector coins have face value which makes them the means of payment. However, the face value of these coins is much lower that their cost price which includes the cost of the precious metal used for manufacturing of the coin, mintage and other expenses. Low face value and high cost price allow these coins to be considered as the items of collection and not the means of payment used in money circulation. The collector coins have also the sale price set by the Central Bank of Armenia.

As the items of collection the collector coins are issued in very restricted quantities and are not reissued.

Numismatists, collectors and all interested persons can buy the Armenian collector coins in the sales salon “Numismatist” which is in the building of the Central Bank of Armenia and is open for everyone.

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