• 1 Ruble 1980, Y# 178, Russia, Soviet Union (USSR), Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics, Olympic Torch
  • 1 Ruble 1980, Y# 178, Russia, Soviet Union (USSR), Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics, Olympic Torch

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).


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.



The Olympic torch, main building of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Spasskaya Tower (Moscow Kremlin), Saint Basil's Cathedral at left and Borovitskaya Tower (Moscow Kremlin), Kremlin Palace of Congresses, Ostankino Tower and Secretariat Building Council for Mutual Economic Assistance ("Open Book" Building) at right, the Olympic emblem and the legend, in Cyrillic script, meaning: “The XXII Olympiad • Moscow • 1980” and the year 1980. Text on the torch in Cyrillic: "Moscow Olympiad • 1980".

Lomonosov Moscow State University is a coeducational and public research university. It was founded on January 25, 1755 by Mikhail Lomonosov. It also claims to house the tallest educational building in the world.

The Moscow Kremlin is a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow. It is the best known of the kremlins (Russian citadels) and includes five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers.

Saint Basil's Cathedral is a church in Red Square in Moscow. The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat. It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan.

Ostankino Tower is a television and radio tower in Moscow, Russia. Standing 540.1 metres (1,772 ft) tall, Ostankino was designed by Nikolai Nikitin. It is currently the tallest freestanding structure in Europe and eighth tallest in the world. The tower was the first free-standing structure to exceed 500 m (1,600 ft) in height.

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.





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

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