2005 г. 2 гривны Скифское золото

Цена: 110 $
Чистый вес, грам:1.24
Качество:Специальный анциркулейтед
The coin is dedicated to the Scythian jeweller’s art that is famous for its distinctive style and high quality of gold metalwork
The Scythian gold, that is of extremely high value in the world as historical and cultural heritage is widely known for its exquisite ornamental design and high quality of metalwork. The Scythian jeweller’s art advanced during the long-term period of Scythia’s existence. Ancient Scythian masters employed various techniques for creating their masterpieces – such as casting, engraving, gilding, inlaying, stone setting and others. Being pagans, the Scythian believed in spirits that ruled the world. They worshiped natural phenomena, plants and especially animals. That is why Scythian jeweller’s art mostly included very elaborately modeled stylized animal figures, shown singly or in combat, mythical beasts, though floral and geometric motifs were used as well. The distinctive style of Scythian gold masterpieces is often called ‘animalistic style’. The steppe people were known for their adoration for gold that was used not only as jewelry but also for decorating clothing, armament, utensils, horse harness, etc. Images of animals were not just ornament; they were thought to imbue the owner of the item with the power and prowess of the depicted animal. Probably, gold animal figures played the role of totems of various Scythian tribes as well. Finds from Scythian burial mounds (kurgans) represent real masterpieces of the ancient art of Scythia that had great impact on the further development of culture and jeweller’s skills. Now famous Scythian gold adornments are among the most glamorous artifacts of the world and are well known thanks to a series of touring loan exhibitions from Ukrainian and Russian museums. On the reverse of the commemorative gold coin of Ukraine there is a depiction of a Scythian horseman. The gold plaque with the image was found in 1830 during archeological excavations of Kul-Oba burial mound near the city of Kerch. The authors of design are Volodymyr Demianenko, Borys Hrudenko, Roman Chaikovskii.