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  • 2 Rubles 2017, CBR# 5710-0019, Russia, Federation, Hero Cities, Sevastopol
  • 2 Rubles 2017, CBR# 5710-0019, Russia, Federation, Hero Cities, Sevastopol

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.

During World War II, Sevastopol withstood intensive bombardment by the Germans in 1941–42, supported by their Italian and Romanian allies during the Battle of Sevastopol. German forces were forced to use railway artillery — including history's largest-ever calibre railway artillery piece in battle, the 80-cm calibre Schwerer Gustav — and specialised mobile heavy mortars to destroy Sevastopol's extremely heavy fortifications, such as the Maxim Gorky naval battery. After fierce fighting, which lasted for 250 days, the supposedly untakable fortress city finally fell to Axis forces in July 1942. It was intended to be renamed to "Theoderichshafen" (in reference to Theoderic the Great and the fact that the Crimea had been home to Germanic Goths until the 18th or 19th century) in the event of a German victory against the Soviet Union, and like the rest of the Crimea was designated for future colonisation by the Third Reich. It was liberated by the Red Army on 9 May 1944 and was awarded the Hero City title a year later.

Date of issue: 20.04.2017


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 Moscow Mint's trademark (MMD).



Depicts an image of soldiers with the Monument to the Scuttled Ships in the background, on the left the image of the Gold Star medal, at the bottom along the rim the inscription SEVASTOPOL.

Monument to the Scuttled Ships was designed by sculptor Amandus Adamson, architect Valentin Feldman and military engineer Friedrich Enberg. The monument was built in 1905 for the 50th anniversary of the First Defense of Sevastopol (1854-1855) during which were flooded Russian sailing ships and blocked up the entrance to Sevastopol Bay.

Artists: A. V. Baklanov, S. A. Kornilov
Sculptor: A. V. Gnidin



12 sections with 7 corrugations

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Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Nickel Plated Steel
Weight 5 g
Diameter 23 mm
Thickness 1.8 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Moscow Mint (MMD)

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