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500 Years since the Beginning of the Reformation


Putting into circulation : 15 September 2017
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5 nickel silver 16.54 35,0 special uncirculated corrugated 40000 40000

Series: Other coins
Put into circulation on 15 September 2017. This coin commemorates 500 years since the beginning of the Reformation movement, which was an important event in European culture. The traditional date for the beginning of the Reformation, which took place in Europe from the 16th to the mid-17th centuries, is associated with the publication of the Ninety-Five Theses by the German reformer Martin Luther in 1517. Luther, a professor of theology at the University of Wittenberg, deplored the sale of indulgencies (justification given by church). He stressed that salvation (or justification) was by faith alone rather than by church and religious ceremonial observances. The Reformation in Ukraine relaxed church rules and brought the church closer to the people. This was evidenced by the establishment of national schools and print houses, the translation of the Bible into Ukrainian, and services being conducted in Ukrainian, a language understood by the congregation.
Retail price, Hryvnas: 51

Obverse: above is Ukraine`s small coat of arms, below which is the legend УКРАЇНА/ 5 ГРИВЕНЬ (Ukraine/5 hryvnias); to the right is the issue year 2017. Against a smooth background is a cross, to the left of which is a conventionalized page from the Bible translated into German by Martin Luther. The Bible`s decorative marker, with a Ukrainian ornament, symbolizes Ukraine`s involvement in the Reformation. To the right of the cross are the five theses that are central to this movement: ТІЛЬКИ/ПИСАННЯ/ ТІЛЬКИ/ВІРА/ ТІЛЬКИ/БЛАГОДАТЬ/ ТІЛЬКИ/ХРИСТОС/ ТІЛЬКИ/БОГОВІ СЛАВА (Scripture/alone/ faith/alone/ grace/alone/ Christ/alone/ Praise be/to God alone. The mint mark of the NBU Banknote Printing and Minting Works is below to the right.
Reverse: against a (pad-printed) red and black background symbolizing the dramatic nature of those times, is a crucifix, to the right of which is an image of Martin Luther holding a piece of paper with his theses; there are the following legends: МАРТІН/ ЛЮТЕР (Martin/Luther) (above) and 500 РОКІВ/ РЕФОРМАЦІЇ (500 years /since the beginning of the Reformation) (vertical to the left).
Designer: Volodymyr Taran , Oleksandr Kharuk , Serhii Kharuk
Engraver: Volodymyr Atamanchuk
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