|Coin||Silver Ounce 2022 Matryoshka - Father Frost|
Apart from its regular circulating coinage, Solomon Islands has authorised a number of private mints to issue collector coins in precious metals, which are legal tender in the country but are not intended for general circulation. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes - typically, one ounce of silver (abbreviated as 1 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum). These are usually dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to the country itself.
The 2022 Father Frost 1oz silver coloured coin is part of the Matryoshka series of coins with Russian themes. Matryoshka dolls are a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another. The name matryoshka, literally "little matron", is a diminutive form of Russian female first name "Matryona" or "Matryosha".
In Russia, Santa Claus is known as Ded Moroz ("Grandpa Frost", but usually translated as Father Frost). He brings presents to well-mannered children throughout December, often in person. On New Year's Eve, he secretly leaves presents under the Christmas tree. In East Slavic cultures, Ded Moroz is accompanied by Snegurochka ("Snow Maiden"), his granddaughter and helper.
||Mint Mark||No mint mark
The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.
In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).
Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the face value: ELIZABETH II SOLOMON ISLANDS $5 1 oz Ag 999.
In the lower part of the obverse, on two lines in small letters, 1 oz Ag 999 (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver).
The reverse features a coloured Father Frost standing proudly in a forest in winter, a bag of toys on his side and his staff in his right hand. On his left arm is perched an owl, while a doe and two rabbits lie peacefully at his feet. The grey background features a stylised Russian forest, complete with icicles and snowflakes.
The date of issue 2022 is Inscribed above.
Below, in hand-written script, Дед Мороз (Ded Moroz - the Russian name of Father Frost).
||2022 Дед Мороз
|Edge||Plain, inscribed||Edge Inscription||[serial number]
Finish: proof, coloured, special shape, edge numbering (the unique serial number of each coin is inscribed on the edge).
Packaging: in the smaller of a pair of nested wooden Russian Matryoshka Dolls which were specially designed to house the coin, both adorned with a brightly coloured design matching the coin's imagery, accompanied by a themed Certificate of Authenticity.
Coins in the Matryoshka series:
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Matryoshka, 2014
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Matryoshka, 2016
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Matryoshka, 2017
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Father Frost and Snow Maiden, 2019
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Father Frost, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Snow Maiden, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Father Frost, 2022