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Apart from the fairy tales which are well-known around the world, the Fairy Tales series also presents national fairy tales with a universal message. The images on the coins are little gems which capture many symbols due to which the fairy tales are no more ordinary narratives but touch upon the world of magic.
This is one of the best-known works of Yakub Kolas, a classic of Belarusian literature and a national poet. Simon the Musician is a poetic story about the fate of a talented musician Simon, his quest for the truth and sense of life – the story is a curious hymn about national art presented as the eternal source of spiritual force of the nation.
Surface of the coin is oxidized.
Design: S. Necrasova (Belarus)
At the bottom – a relief effigy of the State Coat of Arms of the Republic of Belarus; in the center – at the background of a starry sky there is an image of a boy and a girl holding an opened book; beneath – year of issue; inscriptions along the rim: at the top – "РЭСПУБЛIКА БЕЛАРУСЬ" (REPUBLIC OF BELARUS), at the bottom – "ДВАЦЦАЦЬ РУБЛЁЎ" (TWENTY ROUBLES).
At the top – ornamental composition, based on traditional Belarussian ornament with an inset of artificial transparent crystal of orange colour, in the left–hand part – an image of Belarussian landscape, a castle, a peasant house; in the right–hand part – an image of Symon playing the violin; at the bottom along the rim – inscription "СЫМОН–МУЗЫКА" (SYMON THE MUSICIAN).