• 10 Rubles 2019, Russia, Federation, Ancient Towns of Russia, Vyazma
  • 10 Rubles 2019, Russia, Federation, Ancient Towns of Russia, Vyazma
Description

In 2002 the Central Bank of the Russian Federation began an annual program that each year commemorates some of their historical towns on bi-metallic 10 Ruble coins. The coins picture the city and its arms on one side and has the standard Russian 10 Ruble obverse on the other. Unlike a lot of coin programs throughout the world there is no set regularity to the number of coins released each year in this series, with some years seeing 4 coins issued and other years only 3.

Vyazma is a town and the administrative center of Vyazemsky District in Smolensk Oblast, Russia, located on the Vyazma River, about halfway between Smolensk, the administrative center of the oblast, and Mozhaysk. Throughout its turbulent history, it defended western approaches to Moscow.

Vyazma was first mentioned in a chronicle under the year of 1230. The town was named after the river, whose name was from Russian word "вязь" (vyaz'), meaning "bog" or "swamp". In 1494, Vyazma was captured by the Grand Duchy of Moscow and turned into a fortress.

During the French invasion of Russia, there was a battle between the retreating French army (up to 37,000 troops) and the Russian army (25,000 men) near Vyazma on October 22, 1812. In 1941, during World War II, Vyazma was the scene of a battle of encirclement.

Date of issue: 08.05.2019

Obverse

In the center of the disc indication of the denomination of the coin: 10 RUBLES, inside of the figure 0 hidden pictures of the number 10 and of the inscription RUB visible by turns on changing angle of vision, in the lower part of the disc the mint trade mark MMD, on the ring along the rim above the inscription: BANK OF RUSSIA, below the year of issue 2018, to the left and to the right stylized twigs of plants going over to the disc.

БАНК РОССИИ
10
РУБЛЕЙ
ММД
2019

Reverse

Architectural panorama of the town (including Sretensky Monastery), above the coat of arms of Vyazma, over it on a ribbon the semicircular inscription: ANCIENT TOWNS OF RUSSIA, below the inscription along the rim VYAZMA.

The coat of arms of Vyazma was first adopted in 1780. It depicts the composition of the coat of arms of Smolensk in 1780, that is, the bird of paradise (the Gamayun bird) on the cannon on the hill, with the difference from the Smolensk coat of arms by adding a titlo "sign of the younger".

Engraver: F. S. Andronov

ДРЕВНИЕ ГОРОДА РОССИИ
ВЯЗЬМА

Edge

300 corrugations and the inscription ДЕСЯТЬ РУБЛЕЙ (TEN RUBLES) recurring twice and divided by asterisks.

ДЕСЯТЬ РУБЛЕЙ ⋆ ДЕСЯТЬ РУБЛЕЙ ⋆

Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Brass
Center Cupronickel
Weight 8.4 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 2.1 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Moscow Mint (MMD)

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