Not a very widely known coin, but certainly one worthy of attention, the Archangel Michael is issued by the National Bank of Ukraine and is legal tender in that country. First issued in 2011 in one silver and two gold sizes, they were quickly followed up by two more gold fractionals the following year to make a full five-coin range.
One of the most powerful and respected figures in many religious teachings, the Archangel Michael is considered to be the patron saint and protector of both Ukraine and its capital, Kiev, amongst other gigs. Being the angel that led Gods armies against Satan, he’s most widely known as a warrior, and that’s the case on the reverse side of this coin where he’s depicted dressed in ancient, almost Roman attire, and armed with a sword.
Designed by Volodymyr Taran, Oleksandr Kharuk and Serhii Kharuk, and engraved by Roman Chaikovskyi and Sviatoslav Ivanenko, it’s a pretty cool looking piece and worth tracking down. Unfortunately, while it’s quite cheap to buy in Ukraine, it doesn’t seem to continue being cheap elsewhere, so expect to pay a little more over spot than the usual bullion coin. For those interested, a silver F15 privy-mark version exists. This is limited to 10,000 pieces, but doesn’t appear to be struck to a higher standard than the standard Uncirculated version. There are no proof versions or sets at the time of writing.
REVERSE: there is depicted the Taxiarch Archangel Michael (Orthodoxy accords him the title `Archistrategos`), one of the most honorable Bible characters well-known for winning a victory over evil and being a patron of warriors, the sick and the suffering; there is a circular inscription: …ЗА НАС І ДУШІ ПРАВЕДНИХ, І СИЛА АРХІСТРАТИГА МИХАЇЛА/ FOR US AND SOLES OF RIGHTEOUS MEN, AND ARCHISTRATEGOS MICHAEL`S STRENGTH (lines from T. Shevchenko`s `Haydamaks`).
We’ll hopefully have some better images shortly.
|YEAR||1oz SILVER||1oz GOLD||1/2oz GOLD||1/4oz GOLD||1/10oz GOLD|
|Denomination||Metal||Weight, g||Diameter, mm||Quality||Thickness||Edge|
|20 Hyrvnia||0.9999 gold||31.10||32.0||BU||2.4||Reeded|
|10 Hyrvnia||0.9999 gold||15.55||25.0||BU||2.0||Reeded|
|5 Hyrvnia||0.9999 gold||7.78||20.0||BU||1.6||Reeded|
|2 Hyrvnia||0.9999 gold||3.11||16.0||BU||1.1||Reeded|
|1 Hyrvnia||0.9999 silver||31.1||38.6||BU||3.0||Reeded|