• 10 Rubles 2013, Y# 1469, Russia, Federation, Cities of Military Glory, Volokolamsk
  • 10 Rubles 2013, Y# 1469, Russia, Federation, Cities of Military Glory, Volokolamsk
Description

City of Military Glory is an honorary title bestowed upon the citizenry of Russian cities, where defenders had displayed courage, steadfastness, and mass heroism in the fight for their Fatherland’s freedom and independence during the Second World War.

It was first mentioned in the Voskresensk Chronicle under the year 1135. It was built by Novgorodian merchants on a 5-kilometer (3.1 mi) portage (Russian: Volok) on a waterway from Novgorod to Moscow and Ryazan, hence the name "Volokolamsk" (i.e., "Volok on the Lama"). In 1178, the town was burned by Vsevolod the Big Nest, who added it to Vladimir-Suzdal lands. His son Yaroslav II restored it to Novgorod in 1231. After the Mongol invasion of Rus', the town was divided into two parts: one assigned to Novgorod and another one to the Grand Dukes of Vladimir. The Principality of Tver failed to take it in 1273.

In 1613, Volokolamsk braved a siege by Sigismund III Vasa, an event which led to the town's fortifications being represented on its coat of arms. By that time, Volokolamsk had been associated primarily with the Joseph-Volokolamsk Monastery, situated 17 kilometers (11 mi) to the northeast.

During the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945, a number of violent clashes between the German and Soviet troops and partisans took place near Volokolamsk. The town was under German occupation from October 27 to December 20, 1941, when it was liberated by the 331st Rifle Division.

Obverse

In the center of the disc the indication of the denomination of the coin 10 RUBLES. Inside of the figure "0" – hidden pictures of the figure 10 and of the inscription RUB visible by turns on changing angle of vision. Along the rim circular inscriptions, on top BANK OF RUSSIA, on bottom the mint trade mark (SPMD) and the date 2013, to the left the stylized image of a laurel branch, to the right of the oak one.

БАНК РОССИИ
10 РУБЛЕЙ
2013
СПМД

Reverse

The coat of arms of the town of Volokolamsk, over it on a ribbon the semicircular inscription: CITIES OF MILITARY GLORY, below the inscription along the rim VOLOKOLAMSK.

ГОРОДА ВОИНСКОЙ СЛАВЫ
ВОЛОКОЛАМСК

Edge

6 sections with 5 corrugations and 6 sections with 7 corrugations alternated with 12 smooth sections.

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Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Brass Plated Steel
Weight 5.63 g
Diameter 22 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Saint Petersburg Mint (SPMD)

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