Silver Ounce 2010 Coming of Age, Coin from Belarus - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2010 Coming of Age, Coin from Belarus (demonetised 2017)
CoinSilver Ounce 2010 Coming of Age

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.

Coming of Age is the fourth silver coin of the series. The central theme depicted on the coin includes the various symbols of maturity. Lyada (known also as: Laila, Leila, Lajla, Lejla, Łada) was a Slavic goddess, and a mother of twin male deities, Lel and Polel, associated with the morning and evening. The festival dedicated to the goddess was held around the time of Pentecost, now taken over by the Catholic faith. She was associated with the cult of maternity - a patron of births, beauty, and harvesting. Flowers were a compulsory ornament for the May nuptials with Goddess Laila. White dresses were also customarily used for such initiation ceremonies for girls, as were wax candles which had to be made of honeycomb. Coming of age is a turning point in the life of a young person when they reach maturity and start a new phase. The coming of age festival in the Slavic culture is held when young people reach the age of eighteen.

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 May 2010, 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 2010 Coming of Age - 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 are the images of Lyada and Lel, symbolising the feminine and masculine virtues according to the Slavic tradition, and the symbols of life, family, and the Sun, made using a weaving technique (in line with the earlier coins of the series).

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 2010 .

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

Obverse Inscription РЭСПУБЛІКА БЕЛАРУСЬ Ag 925 2010 20 РУБЛЁЎ
Belarus / Silver Ounce 2010 Coming of Age - reverse photo

In the central part of the coin, a composition showing three main Slavic symbols
- the belt, a symbol of boyish maturity, ornamented with the symbol of the Sun;
- the pony, a symbol of girlish beauty, and
- blooming apple tree twigs (depicted in colour using a hot stamp technology), a symbol of blooming maturity, beauty and hope for the future.

Around below, a semi-circular inscription: ПАЎНАЛЕЦЦЕ (Coming of Age).

Reverse Inscription ПАЎНАЛЕЦЦЕ
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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 2010 Coming of Age: Details
CurrencyBelarusian Rouble
PeriodSecond Rouble (2000 - 2016)
Coin TypeSilver Ounce, Second Rouble
SymbolNational Emblem of Belarus
Face Value20
Mintage Limit7,000
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 2010 Coming of Age: Photos
Silver Ounce 2010 Coming of Age: Photo Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2010 Coming of Age / thumbnail Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2010 Coming of Age
Copyright: Mint of Poland
Silver Ounce 2010 Coming of Age: Photo Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2010 Coming of Age / thumbnail Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2010 Coming of Age
Copyright: Mint of Poland
Silver Ounce 2010 Coming of Age: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBelarus KM# 241