Silver Ounce 2008 Housewarming, Coin from Belarus - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2008 Housewarming, Coin from Belarus (demonetised 2017)
CoinSilver Ounce 2008 Housewarming

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.

Housewarming is the second silver coin of the series and presents a beautiful custom called the housewarming (in Blearussian: Novosyelye). This is an element of culture and one of the oldest customs connected with the celebration of moving to a new house. In the old times people were very serious about their houses and were very superstitious. The first inhabitants that were let into a new house were cats. If the cat was calm it meant that the life in the new house would be happy. On the very same day the so called "osiedliny" were organised, to which relatives, neighbours, friends, a priest and the builders of the house were invited. All guests were treated to bread and salt and in return gave the hosts presents. Today cats remain one of the house guardians and, therefore, the cat at the obverse of the coin dominates.

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 January 2008, 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 2008 Housewarming - 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 a folk-style image of a cat (a symbol of happiness and a prosperous life in the new house), standing on a semi-circular base of a composition consisting of the sun, fire and the hearth - the symbols of a family.

Around below left, 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) and the year of issue 2008.

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

Obverse Inscription РЭСПУБЛІКА БЕЛАРУСЬ Ag 925 2008 20 РУБЛЁЎ
Belarus / Silver Ounce 2008 Housewarming - reverse photo

In the central part of the coin are a piece of wall with a window - being a symbol of the house; over the crosswise window beam, a gold-coloured key which is a symbol of opening the house. Wide open shutters mean cosiness and hospitality

Around below, a semi-circular inscription: НАВАСЕЛЛЕ (housewarming).

Reverse Inscription НАВАСЕЛЛЕ
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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

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Silver Ounce 2008 Housewarming: 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 2008 Housewarming: Photos
Silver Ounce 2008 Housewarming: Photo Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2008 Housewarming / thumbnail Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2008 Housewarming
Copyright: Mint of Poland
Silver Ounce 2008 Housewarming: Photo Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2008 Housewarming / thumbnail Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2008 Housewarming
Copyright: Mint of Poland
Silver Ounce 2008 Housewarming: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBelarus KM# 190