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  • 2 Rubles 2000, Y# 668, Russia, Federation, Hero Cities, Novorossiysk
  • 2 Rubles 2000, Y# 668, Russia, Federation, Hero Cities, Novorossiysk

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 city of Novorossiysk on the eastern coast of the Black Sea provided a stronghold against the German summer offensive of 1942. Intense fighting in and around the city lasted from August until it was captured by the Germans in mid-September 1942. The Soviets however retained possession of the eastern part of the bay, which prevented the Germans from using the port for supply shipments. Novorossiysk was awarded the title Hero City in 1973.

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 two marines during an attack, to the right the Gold Star Medal. In the background a warship and outlines of a Malaya Zemlya. In the lower part of the ring the inscription along the rim: NOVOROSSIYSK.

Malaya Zemlya (Minor Land) was a Soviet uphill outpost that was recaptured after fierce, bloody battles with the Germans during the Battle of the Caucasus, on the night of 4 February 1943. The episode paved way for a Soviet Naval Infantry attack on German forces in Novorossiysk.

Artist: A. V. Baklanov
Sculptor: A. S. Kunats



2 Rubles

Y# 668 CBR# 5010-0004
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Nickel Brass
Weight 5 g
Diameter 23 mm
Thickness 1.8 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Saint Petersburg Mint (SPMD)

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