2 hryvnias 2016 Ukraine – Ancient Vyshhorod
2 hryvnias special uncirculated coin
diameter 31 mm
Mintage 30 000 pcs
Date of issue: 2016
The coin commemorates the ancient town of Vyshhorod, the first written mention of which goes back to 946 – it is mentioned in `The Tale of Bygone Years` as a residence of Princess Olga of Kyiv. The town flourished under the Kyiv Rus state of the 9th – 13th centuries, and served at a certain time as a country residence of great Kyiv princes. The first Old Rus saints, Boris and Gleb (sons of Kyiv Prince Volodymyr the Great) were buried in Vyshhorod, and are the patrons of the town.
Reverse: there is a color fragment of one of the oldest and most famous icons, Vladimir Mother of God (pad printed); to the left is the following conventionalized composition: against the background of a three-domed church are the images of a prince and his men outside the town gate, and the legends ДАВНІЙ ВИШГОРОД/ 946 РІК (ANCIENT VYSHHOROD/946).
Obverse: above is Ukraine`s small coat of arms and the legend УКРАЇНА (Ukraine); in the center against a smooth background are the images of Boris and Gleb, two of the first saints to be canonized; between the saints is a cross, with an ornament beneath it; there are vertical legends: БОРИС (Boris) (on the left) and ГЛІБ (Gleb) (on the right); below are the coin face vale 5 ГРИВЕНЬ (5 hryvnias), the coin issue year 2016, and the mint mark of the NBU Banknote Printing and Minting Works (to the right).