• 1 Ruble 1980, Y# 177, Russia, Soviet Union (USSR), Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics, Dolgorukiy Monument
  • 1 Ruble 1980, Y# 177, Russia, Soviet Union (USSR), Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics, Dolgorukiy Monument
Description

The 1980 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Moscow, Soviet Union, in present-day Russia. The Moscow Olympics were the first Olympic games to be held in a socialist country.

Led by the United States at the insistence of U.S. President Jimmy Carter, 65 countries boycotted the games because of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, though some athletes from some of the boycotting countries participated in the games, under the Olympic Flag. This prompted the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics.

An Act of the Soviet government authorized the Ministry of Finance and the State Bank of the USSR to issue a 28-coin collection of five and ten roubles in proof and uncirculated qualities. There was also six proof and six uncirculated gold 100 roubles, five proof and five uncirculated platinum 150 roubles, and six proof and six uncirculated 1 rouble coins.

Artists: S. M. Ivanov (obverse), V. A. Ermakov (reverse).

Obverse

The State Emblem of the Soviet Union (fourth version, 1956–1991), USSR and value (1 Ruble) is below.

The State Emblem of the Soviet Union is composed of a sickle and a hammer on a globe depicted in the rays of the sun and framed by ears of wheat wrapped around a ribbon with 15 turns. At the top of the Emblem is a five-pointed star.

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Reverse

The Monument of Yuri Dolgorukiy, founder of Moscow, Mossovet building, the Olympic emblem and the legend, in Cyrillic script, meaning: “The XXII Olympiad • Moscow • 1980" and the year 1980.

Yuri I Vladimirovich, known under his soubriquet Yuri Dolgorukiy (literally "Yuri the Long-Armed"), (c. 1099 – 15 May 1157) was a Rurikid prince and founder of the city of Moscow. He reigned as Velikiy Kniaz (Grand Prince) of Kiev from September 1149 to April 1151 and then again from March 1155 to May 1157. Yuri played a key role in the transition of political power from Kiev to Suzdal.

In 1954, a monument to him designed by sculptor Sergei Orlov was erected on Moscow's Tverskaya Street, the city's principal avenue, in front of the Moscow municipality.

Mossovet building (currently the Residence of the Mayor of Moscow, former Moscow Governor General House) was designed in 1780s by Matvey Kazakov. Mossovet, an abbreviation of Moscow Soviet of People's Deputies, was the informal name of a city administration of Moscow in Soviet period (1918–1991).

Olympics emblem was created by Vladimir Arsentyev. Above the Olympic rings there is a stylized version of the Spasskaya Tower, the main tower of the Moscow Kremlin.

ИГРЫ XXII ОЛИМПИАДЫ • МОСКВА • 1980
1980

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ONE RUBLE • ONE RUBLE

ОДИН РУБЛЬ • ОДИН РУБЛЬ •

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Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Copper Nickel Zinc
Weight 12.8 g
Diameter 31 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Leningrad Mint (LMD)

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