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, as part of a larger set of silver bullion coins, starting in 2013. This is a standard bullion coin, except for that privy-mark, and comes in a customised square capsule. These can sometimes command huge premiums over the standard coin, and we recommend caution when buying, as they seem to be quite a small niche.
Also available, was a one-off proof version that was issued in 2017, with a 10,000 mintage. In terms of design, it remains fundamentally the same, although the composition inscriptions on the obverse have been removed.
OBVERSE: above there is the Small Coat of Arms of Ukraine with the semicircular inscription НАЦІОНАЛЬНИЙ БАНК УКРАЇНИ (National Bank of Ukraine), in the coin centre, within the octagonal cartouche, there is depicted a shield with the emblem of the National Bank of Ukraine thereon – allegorical figures of griffins with the hryvnia (monetary-weight unit of Kyivan Rus) placed between them. This emblem symbolizes safeguarding and augmentation of the country’s gold reserves. On the coin obverse there are indicated the coin face value, coin issue year, as well as the indications of the metal and its fineness and coin weight in fineness.
REVERSE: there is depicted the Taxiarch Archangel Michael (Orthodoxy accords him the title `Archistrategos`), one of the most honourable 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`).