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On 31 January 2023, the Bank of Russia issues a 2-ruble silver commemorative coin ‘Opera Singer Feodor Chaliapin, the 150th Anniversary of his Birth’ of the Outstanding Personalities of Russia series (Catalogue No. 5110-0178).

The Russian opera and chamber singer had a unique bass voice. During different periods, he was the leading singer at the Bolshoi Theatre, the Mariinsky Theatre, and the Metropolitan Opera. His repertoire included nearly 400 compositions — opera arias, songs, and romances. In 1918, Feodor Chaliapin became the first man of art in Soviet Russia to be granted the title of People’s Artist of the Republic.

The 2-ruble silver coin (fine metal content 15.55 g, fineness 925/1,000) has a round shape and is 33.0 mm in diameter.

The obverse and the reverse of the coin have a relief rim around the circumference.

The obverse of the coin features a relief image of the National Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation and the inscriptions ‘РОССИЙСКАЯ ФЕДЕРАЦИЯ’ (RUSSIAN FEDERATION) and ‘БАНК РОССИИ’ (BANK OF RUSSIA), the denomination of the coin ‘2 РУБЛЯ’ (2 RUBLES), the year of issue ‘2023 г.’ (2023), the chemical symbol of the metal according to Mendeleev’s Periodic Table of Elements, fineness, the Saint Petersburg Mint trademark, and fine metal content.

The reverse of the coin features a relief image of Feodor Chaliapin’s portrait against the background of images of his stage personas and a fragment of the stave, laser treated for matte finishing, the facsimile of the singer’s signature — below on the right, and the years of his birth and death ‘1873’ and ‘1938’ in two lines on the left.

The edge of the coin is corrugated.

The coin is minted in proof quality.

The mintage of the coin is 3.0 thousand pcs.

The new coin is legal tender of the Russian Federation and is mandatory for acceptance for all kinds of payments without any restrictions at its face value.


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