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International Year of Astronomy
International Year of Astronomy
International Year of Astronomy

International Year of Astronomy

Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Rating: 5 grivnas
metall: nickel silver
circulation: 35000
diametr: 35 mm
The weight: 16,54 grams
herd: corrugated
series: Other coins
category: ordinary
NBU Price: 29
The commemorative coin is dedicated to the International Year of Astronomy, i.e. 2009, proclaimed by United Nations. Four hundred years ago Galileo Galilei for the first time made use of the telescope to observe objects of the Universe. Yurii Drohobych (Kotermak, circa 1450 - 1494) was a well-known scientist - an astronomer, humanistic thinker, person of encyclopaedic knowledge, whom Ukraine is proud of. He was born and grew up in the city of Drohobych. In 1481-1482 he was the rector of University of Bologna. His work IUDICIUM PRONOSTICON ANNI 1483 CURRENTIS (Prognostic Estimation of the Year 1483) was the first printed book of a Ukrainian author.
On the obverse there are depicted: the Small Coat of Arms of Ukraine and the semicircular inscription НАЦІОНАЛЬНИЙ БАНК УКРАЇНИ (National Bank of Ukraine) (above); a composition symbolizing the Cosmos: to the left there is the image of Urania, the patrone
On the reverse there are: Yurii Drohobych`s portrait (to the right) with his life years ca 1450 - 1494 thereunder, the International Year of Astronomy logo (to the left) with the legend МІЖНАРОДНИЙ/РІК/АСТРОНОМІЇ (International/year/of astronomy) thereund
artist: Volodymyr Taran, Oleksandr Kharuk, Serhii Kharuk
sculptor: Anatolii Demianenko, Sviatoslav Ivanenko

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