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  • 10 Rubles 2003, Y# 819, Russia, Federation, Ancient Towns of Russia, Dorogobuzh
  • 10 Rubles 2003, Y# 819, Russia, Federation, Ancient Towns of Russia, Dorogobuzh

In 2002 the Central Bank of the Russian Federation began an annual program that each year commemorates some of their historical towns on bi-metallic 10 Ruble coins. The coins picture the city and its arms on one side and has the standard Russian 10 Ruble obverse on the other. Unlike a lot of coin programs throughout the world there is no set regularity to the number of coins released each year in this series, with some years seeing 4 coins issued and other years only 3.

Dorogobuzh is a historic town and the administrative center of Dorogobuzhsky District in Smolensk Oblast, Russia, straddling the Dnieper River.

First mentioned in 1150, it was established as a fortress defending eastern approaches to Smolensk. In 1508, Vasily III sent Italian masters to build a wooden fort there. Dorogobuzh was ravaged during the Time of Troubles, with its population reduced to ten people in 1614. Between 1611 and 1668, it belonged to Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth as a part of Smolensk Voivodeship. Subsequently, it survived other foreign invasions and numerous fires.

Issue date: 06.10.2003


Depicts the inscriptions along the circumference BANK OF RUSSIA at the top and date at the bottom. There are images of branches of the bay tree and oak tree on the left and on the right of the outer ring, respectively, their elements extending onto the disc. The number ‘10’ and the inscription RUBLES below denoting the face value of the coin are in the centre of the disc. The digit ‘0’ features a security element inside in the form of the figure ‘10’ and the inscription RUB visible at various viewing angles to the coin surface. The Saint Petersburg Mint trademark is at the bottom of the disc.



Depicts an architectural panorama of the town on a riverside, the coat of arms of Dorogobuzh above, in the foreground the monument to heroes of the Patriotic War 1812, over it on a ribbon the semicircular inscription: ANCIENT TOWNS OF RUSSIA, below the inscription along the rim DOROGOBUZH.

The coat of arms of Dorogobuzh, approved by Catherine II in 1780, depicts three intertwined bundles of golden straw on a red and silver shield, arranged diagonally from the left column, with each bundle consisting of four clusters and being tied five times.

The depiction of straw bundles symbolizes the wealth and prosperity of the region, as the area indeed thrived in the past due to its straw industry. This meaning is further reinforced by the fact that the straw bundles are represented in yellow (golden) color, which also symbolizes wealth. The tying of the straw clusters together signifies the unity and solidarity of all inhabitants of the Dorogobuzh land.



300 corrugations and the inscription ДЕСЯТЬ РУБЛЕЙ (TEN RUBLES) recurring twice and divided by asterisks


10 Rubles

Y# 819 Schön# 759 CBR# 5514-0018
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Brass
Center Cupronickel
Weight 8.4 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 2.1 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Moscow Mint (MMD)

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