Silver Ounce 2006 Wedding, Coin from Belarus - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2006 Wedding, Coin from Belarus (demonetised 2017)
CoinSilver Ounce 2006 Wedding

The Belarusian Rouble was introduced as the currency of Belarus in 1992, but the country initially issued no coins at all; circulation was served by banknotes instead.

In later years, Belarus became a large producer of commemorative coinage for the numismatic market, particularly gold and silver bullion coins and non-circulating legal tender. Their designs range from fairly commonplace to unique and innovative; themes range widely from "native culture and events" to fairy tales and pop culture topics not related to Belarus at all.

Large silver coins are issued in the "silver ounce" format and are usually denominated with a face value of 20 Roubles; between 2000 and 2016, these were of the "Secound Rouble" currency (ISO code BYR), which was demonetised after 2016 and replaced with the current "Third Rouble". The coins were issued at prices considerably higher than their intrinsic value, so are technically "Non-circulating Legal Tender" (NCLT) coins and not bullion.

This crown-sized coin is part of the "Family Traditions of the Slavs" series of beautiful silver coins devoted to the main ceremonies of the Slavic culture. Each coin presents a custom and symbol characteristic for an important period in the life of Slavs.

Wedding is the first silver coin of the series. The main topic here is the wedding ritual represented by the symbols of wedding rings at the reverse. On the obverse there are symbols of happiness and prosperity in a family: two birds sitting on a branch and a clover.

The coin is a perfect present for those who look for a unique wedding gift. In the past a wedding meant taking a solemn oath, an obligation to do a certain thing (e.g. to give a gift to a monastery or church) for a god or a chosen group of people. In anthropology it is one of the most important rituals of transition. The Slavs (before Christianity was adopted) had a ritual called "swaćba" which was a form of entering into marriage.

The issuer of the series is the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus and the producer and distributor is the Mint of Poland. The coin was issued in December 2006, in Brilliant Uncirculated grade only, boxed, with a Certificate of Authenticity in Belarusian and English.

MintMint of Poland Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Belarus / Silver Ounce 2006 Wedding - obverse photo

In the upper part of the coin, in relief is the national emblem of the Republic of Belarus:
An outline of the map of Belarus, superimposed over sun rays. The sun is partially covered by a globe. Lining the left and right sides of the emblem are stalks of wheat, superimposed with flowers. Clovers adorn the left wheat stalks; flax flowers adorn the right. Wrapped around the wheat stalks is a ribbon representing the flag of Belarus; the ribbon meets at the base of the emblem, where the name Republic of Belarus: Рэспубліка Беларусь, is inscribed in Belarusian. At the top of the emblem there is a five-pointed star.

Divided by the emblem, the legend РЭСПУБЛІКА БЕЛАРУСЬ (Republic of Belarus).

In the central part of the coin is an image of a pair of doves on a branch and the image of a clover - a symbol of happiness and prosperity in the family.

Around below left, the year of issue 2006 and the standard of the metal Ag 925 (Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver; 925 means 92.5% - also known as "sterling" silver).

Around below right, the face value 20 РУБЛЁЎ (Twenty Roubles).

Obverse Inscription РЭСПУБЛІКА БЕЛАРУСЬ 2006 Ag 925 20 РУБЛЁЎ
Belarus / Silver Ounce 2006 Wedding - reverse photo

In the central part of the coin are the main symbols of a Slavic wedding: a pair of gold-coloured wedding rings placed on a round loaf of bread, decorated and surrounded with the chaplet of the beloved woman - a garland of flowers placed against a background of a honeycomb and a “rushnik” (an embroidered towel).

Around below, a semi-circular inscription: ВЯСЕЛЛЕ (wedding).

Reverse Inscription ВЯСЕЛЛЕ
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There is also a copper-nickel version with the same design, denominated as 1 Rouble.

See also

Coins from The Slav’s Traditions series include:

- Wedding, 2006
- Housewarming, 2008
- Baptism, 2009
- Coming of Age, 2010
- Maternity, 2011
- Fatherhood, 2012

Silver Ounce 2006 Wedding: Known varieties
Variety With silver ring
Mintage Issued: unknown

Packed in a capsule with a silver ring around the coin, decorated with a blue folk pattern and inscribed 25 ГОД ("25 years") on the reverse and СЯРЕБРАНАЕ ВЯСЕЛЛЕ ("Silver Wedding") on the obverse.

The ring is 28.50 g of 0.925 silver with an outer diameter of 50 mm.

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Silver Ounce 2006 Wedding: Details
CurrencyBelarusian Rouble
PeriodSecond Rouble (2000 - 2016)
Coin TypeSilver Ounce, Second Rouble
SymbolNational Emblem of Belarus
Face Value20 (x Rouble)
Mintage Limit25,000
CurrentNo; demonetised 2017
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerS Nekrasova
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.6100 mm
Mass33.6300 g
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Silver Ounce 2006 Wedding: Photos
Silver Ounce 2006 Wedding: Photo Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2006 Wedding / thumbnail Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2006 Wedding
Copyright: Mint of Poland
Silver Ounce 2006 Wedding: Photo Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2006 Wedding / thumbnail Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2006 Wedding
Copyright: Mint of Poland
Silver Ounce 2006 Wedding: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBelarus KM# 136