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Remembering the unbowed city1 февраля 2019 года, 13:58

Remembering the unbowed city

Head of the Social Policy Committee of Saint Petersburg A.N. Rzhanenkov sent a letter to Arkady Trachuk, General Director of Goznak, in which on behalf of the Social Policy Committee of Saint Petersburg, non-governmental organizations of Saint Petersburg and veterans he congratulated the team of Goznak with the 75th anniversary of total liberation of Leningrad from the Nazi blockade during the years of the Great Patriotic war of 1941-1945.  
Alexander Rzhanenkov thanked the General Director of Goznak and the team for their priceless contribution into the activity of non-governmental organizations of Saint Petersburg and their work upon implementation of socially important programs for veterans and survivors of the siege.  
The history of Goznak is inextricably intertwined with the history of Saint Petersburg and its most tragic moments.
In 1942, the only mint in the country at that time – the Leningrad Mint – was surrounded by enemies, and the lack of medals “For Valor” and “For Combat Services” was felt acutely at the front. It was then that it was decided to found the Moscow Mint.  
During the years of the Great Patriotic war, the Leningrad Mint was evacuated to Krasnokamsk. However, already in the spring of 1943, the mint resumed its activity in the sieged Leningrad. Here they struck medals “For the Defense of Leningrad” under the decision of the Government, and subsidiary coins since 1944.  
During the peaceful time, the branches of Goznak manufactured products dedicated to the brave feat of the inhabitants of Leningrad many times.
In 2013, under the order of the Moscow non-governmental organization of the defenders and inhabitants of the sieged Leningrad, the Saint Petersburg Mint struck 170 medals “Conqueror of the siege of Leningrad”.  
There are images of fireworks and “Broken ring” memorial on the medal; the inscription “To the Conqueror of the Siege of Leningrad” is engraved on it.
In 2014, for the 70th anniversary of total liberation of Leningrad from siege, the Saint Petersburg Mint struck commemorative medals of two kinds – for the inhabitants and defenders of the sieged Leningrad living in Saint Petersburg, with the images of the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island and Rostral columns, and for the inhabitants and defenders of the city living in the Leningrad Region with the image of the monument symbolizing the broken ring of the siege. There is raster protection against counterfeiting on the reverse.

Among those who received the commemorative medals dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the siege breach, there were also veterans of the branches of Goznak.

In 2018, under the order of the Bank of Russia, the Saint Petersburg and Moscow Mints of Goznak struck two commemorative coins dedicated to the 75th anniversary of complete liberation of Leningrad from the siege.
As A. Rzhanenkov noted in the letter of gratitude, the veterans had received a commemorative silver coin “The 75th anniversary of complete liberation of Leningrad from the Nazi siege”.
The central part of the Monument to heroic defenders of Leningrad on Victory Square against the background of St. Isaac Cathedral and fireworks is depicted on the coin. The sketch was created by an artist of the Design Center of Goznak Anton Schablykin.
The medal artist whose works had received many Russian and foreign awards managed to create a voluminous expressive composition reflecting the bravery of the long years of the siege, the grief of irreparable loss and the joy of the Victory.
The coin was struck at the Saint Petersburg Mint of Goznak in the number of 3000 pieces.
On the 25-rouble coin, there is a laconic image of the “Broken ring” world-famous Memorial. Its sketch was also made by Anton Schablykin.
The coin from cupronickel alloy was struck at the Moscow Mint in the number of 5 million pieces. The quantity of the coin will enable the majority of Russians interested in numismatics to purchase a commemorative coin dedicated to the feat of the unbowed city for their collections.  




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