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Belarus 1 kopek 2009
General information
Country

Flag of Belarus Belarus

Value

0.01 ruble

Years

2009

Measurements and composition
Mass

1.55 g

Diameter

15 mm

Thickness

1.25 mm

Composition

copper-plated steel

Appearance
Shape

round

Alignment

medallic

Edge

plain

Obverse

National emblem of Belarus, state title, year

Reverse

Ornament, value

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The 1 kopek coin (alternatively spelled 1 kapiejka, 1 copeck, or 1 kopeck) is a current circulation piece of the Republic of Belarus. It was issued in a single type on July 1, 2016, about seven years after its manufacture in 2009. The piece was distributed by the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus and struck under contract at the Kremnica Mint in nearby Slovakia.

In preparation for a monetary reform scheduled for 2009, the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus commissioned the Kremnica Mint that year to strike a series of Belarusian circulation coins in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 kopeks and 1 ruble. However, the unexpected devaluation of the ruble in 2009 delayed reform efforts, and the coins were not released that year as a result. At a later point, the National Bank decided a 2 ruble piece would also be necessary, and contracted the Kremnica Mint to strike that with 2009 dates as well. When the redenomination of the ruble finally occurred on July 1, 2016, all eight coins were released into circulation. Since then, they have continued to circulate in their country of origin, with the 1 kopek piece circulating for a nominal value of 0.01 ruble.

The 1 kopek coin is composed of copper-plated steel and measures 1.55 grams in mass, 15 millimeters in diameter, and 1.25 millimeters in thickness. It has medallic alignment and a plain edge, and like most coins, is round in shape. Both of its rims are raised and undecorated.

The obverse, designed by Belarusian artist Svetlana Nekrasova, displays the national emblem of Belarus at the top center. Similar to other socialist emblems, this illustration features stalks of wheat and clovers (Trifolium) and flax flowers (Linum usitatissimum) arranged in a circular lining. Bound by a two-colored ribbon bearing the Belarusian inscription "РЭСПУБЛІКА БЕЛАРУСЬ" (Romanized: Respúblika Bjelarús'; English: "Republic of Belarus"), this lining encircles multiple symbols, including an outline of Belarus, a rising sun behind a globe, and a red star symbolizing socialism. On the coin, the state title "БЕЛАРУСЬ" (Romanized: Bjelarús') appears horizontally below the depiction of the emblem, the Gregorian date of minting, "2009", engraved underneath on a separate line.

The reverse, also designed by Svetlana Nekrasova, features the national ornament, a symbol of wealth and prosperity, at the center right. A large numeral "1" representing the coin's face value is displayed to the left. It is accompanied by the Belarusian word "Капейка" (Romanized: Kapjéjka), which is engraved to the left of the number, extending vertically from the base of the "1" to the serif at the top.

The mintage of the coin is currently unknown. Most examples were minted as business strikes, but around 35,000 were also struck with a Brilliant Uncirculated finish. All of the uncirculated pieces were distributed in official mint sets by the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus.

References[]

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