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Hero City is a Soviet honorary title awarded for outstanding heroism during World War II (Eastern Front was known in the former Soviet Union as The Great Patriotic War). It was awarded to twelve cities of the Soviet Union. According to the statute, the hero city is issued the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal.
The defence of Stalingrad (present-day Volgograd) from July to November 1942, the counter-offensive of 19 November 1942 that trapped the Axis forces in and around the ruined city, and the German surrender on 2 February 1943 marked the turning-point of the European Theatre of World War II. The intensity and sheer scale of the battle of Stalingrad illustrate the ferocity of the German-Soviet War. Stalingrad was awarded the title Hero City in 1945.
Date of issue: 04.05.2000
In the centre, a little to the left denomination of the coin: the figure 2 and words under it RUBLES and BANK OF RUSSIA written horizontal, below along the rim and on the right part of the disc the stylized vegetable ornament (vine sprig) in form of a branch with two interwoven caulescents, to the right at the rim the Saint Petersburg Mint's trademark (SPMD).
Depicts soldiers during an attack, to the right the Gold Star Medal. In the background outlines of a flaming city on the shore of a river. In the lower part of the ring the inscription along the rim: STALINGRAD.