Founded in 1845 by a group of Russian scientists, navigators, and aristocrats, the Russian Geographical Society has contributed greatly to the pursuit of scientific discovery in both Russia and abroad. In this 50-ruble gold coin issued by the Bank of Russia, founding member Fyodor Litke (1797-1882) is honored. Litke’s cartographic work on the Bering Sea region and Alaska was critical to Russia’s navigation of the region during the period when they controlled the territory.
This gold 50-ruble coin is struck as a proof and has a limited mintage of 7,000 pieces. Issue date: September 28, 2015.
In the center is a two-headed eagle – the emblem of the Bank of Russia. Underneath the eagle is the inscription “Банк России” (Bank of Russia). The eagle is surrounded by a beaded circle. Between the beaded circle and the rim is the following text: ПЯТЬДЕСЯТ РУБЛЕЙ (fifty rubles), and 2015 Г[од]. Along the rim of the coin are the inscriptions “AU 999”, “7,78” (representing the coin’s weight in grams), and the mark of the Saint Petersburg Mint.
The bust of Fyodor Petrovich Litke, facing right. Encircling the design is the inscription РУССКОЕ ГЕОГРАФИЧЕСКОЕ ОБЩЕСТВО ОСН. в 1845 г. (Russian Geographical Society, Established in 1845). Litke’s name is inscribed: Ф.П. ЛИТКЕ below his chin.
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