• 25 Rubles 2019, Russia, Federation, 75th Anniversary of the Lifting the Siege of Leningrad
  • 25 Rubles 2019, Russia, Federation, 75th Anniversary of the Lifting the Siege of Leningrad
Description

The Siege of Leningrad (Блокада Ленинграда) was a prolonged military blockade undertaken from the south by the Army Group North of Nazi Germany against the Russian city of Leningrad (St. Petersburg) on the Eastern Front in World War II.

The siege started on 8 September 1941, when the last road to the city was severed. Although the Soviet forces managed to open a narrow land corridor to the city on 18 January 1943, the siege was not lifted until 27 January 1944, 872 days after it began. It was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history, and possibly the costliest in casualties suffered.

Date of issue: 09.01.2019

Obverse

In the centre the relief image of the National Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation, above the semicircular inscription along the rim THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION framed on both sides by ornamental elements of doubled rhombuses, in the lower part of the disc, at the edge the horizontal inscription BANK OF RUSSIA, 25 RUBLES and the date 2019 under it, over it to the right the mint trade mark.

The two main elements of Russian state symbols (the two-headed eagle and the mounted figure slaying the dragon) predate Peter the Great. Today, however, the official description does not refer to the rider on the central shield as representing Saint George, mainly in order to maintain the secular character of the modern Russian state. The imperial crowns on each head stand for the unity and sovereignty of Russia, both as a whole and in its constituent republics and regions. The orb and scepter grasped in the eagle's talons are traditional heraldic symbols of sovereign power and authority. They have been retained in the modern Russian arms despite the fact that the Russian Federation is not a monarchy.

Artist: E. V. Kramskaya
Sculptors: A. A. Dolgopolova

РОССИЙСКАЯ ФЕДЕРАЦИЯ
ММД
БАНК РОССИИ
25 РУБЛЕЙ
2019 г.

Reverse

Depicts a relief image of the Broken Ring Monument (part of the Green Belt of Glory) with a semicircular inscription: ‘75th Anniversary of the Full Liberation of Leningrad from the Nazi Blockade'.

On November 22, 1941 a line of vehicles advanced on the frozen Ladoga Lake. It enabled the besieged city to be linked to the rest of the continent. To commemorate that event, the monument “Broken Ring” was erected near the lake in 1966. It is made of two disjointed arches symbolizing the break of the blockade. The structure, made of reinforced concrete is 7 meters-high and weighs 32 tons. The monument is completed with tracks for trucks’ wheels in the concrete as well as an air gun.

The Green Belt of Glory is a war memorial surrounding Saint Petersburg, Russia, commemorating the Siege of Leningrad of the Second World War. The belt consists of multiple small memorials marking the historical front line.

Artist: A. D. Schablykin

75-ЛЕТИЕ ПОЛНОГО ОСВОБОЖДЕНИЯ ЛЕНИНГРАДА ОТ ФАШИСТСКОЙ БЛОКАДЫ

Edge

180 corrugations

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Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Cupronickel
Weight 10 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Moscow Mint (MMD)

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