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100th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Republic of Mari El

Date of Issue
Catalogue number
Date of Issue
Catalogue number
3 rubles
Metal, fineness
Silver 925/1000
Total weight, g
33.94 (±0.31)
Fine metal content not less than, g
Diameter, mm
39.00 (±0.30)
Thickness, mm
3.30 (±0.35)
Mintage, pcs


the mirror field of the disc bears a relief image of the National Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation, over it along the rim there is the semicircular inscription ‘РОССИЙСКАЯ ФЕДЕРАЦИЯ’ (RUSSIAN FEDERATION) framed on both sides by doubled rhombuses, below under the coat of arms there are indications of the precious metal and its fineness on the left and the fine metal content and the mint trade mark on the right, at the bottom in the centre, in three lines, there is an inscription ‘БАНК РОССИИ’ (BANK OF RUSSIA), the denomination of the coin ‘3 РУБЛЯ’ (3 RUBLES), and the year of issue ‘2020 г.’ (2020).


the mirror field of the disc bears a relief image of a musician dressed in a national costume playing the Mari bagpipe, and a woman dancing a Mari folk dance against the background of a stylised urban landscape; the upper part of the coin bears a traditional Mari ornament along the rim; on the bottom, there are inscriptions ‘РЕСПУБЛИКА МАРИЙ ЭЛ’ (REPUBLIC OF MARI EL), ‘100 ЛЕТ’ (100 YEARS).


Designers: E.V. Kramskaya (obverse), A.V. Gnidin (reverse).
Sculptors: A.A. Dolgopolova (obverse), A.V. Gnidin (reverse).
Mint: Saint Petersburg Mint (СПМД).
Edge: 300 corrugations.

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The Mari (formerly named the Cheremis) are indigenous people of the Republic; they formed as a community by the end of the first millennium AD. At the same time, they fell under the influence of the Khazar Khaganate, then under the Volga Bulgaria, the Golden Horde, and finally they became the subjects of the Kazan Khanate. For a long time the homeland of the Mari was a battleground between the West and the East, the Slavic and the Turkic peoples. In the middle of the 16th century, the Mari region was incorporated into the Russian State. Since then, its history has been intertwined with the history of Russia, Russians and other peoples of the country.

On 4 November 1920, the Mari Autonomous Area was established. On 5 December 1936, it was reorganised into the Mari Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (the Mari ASSR) in accordance with the Soviet Constitution. On 22 December 1990, the Supreme Soviet of the Mari ASSR approved the Declaration of the State Sovereignty of the Republic. On 22 March 1992, the Mari El Republic, among other constituent territories of the Russian Federation, signed the Treaty of Federation. On 8 July 1992, the republic was officially named the Mari El Republic.

Today the Republic is a tourist gem with its picturesque and crystal clear lakes. The lakeshores host tourist camping sites, sports and recreation camps and retreat centres. Numerous mineral springs mostly coming from the valleys of the Ilet and Yushut rivers are used for medical purposes in recreation and retreat centres and hospitals. Mariy Chodra, the national park located on the Maple Mountain, is the noteworthy nature reserve area. The pilgrimage tours of holy sites (monasteries, churches and sacred springs) and religious groves are always popular among visitors.

Source: http://mari-el.gov.ru

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