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Gena the Crocodile

Series:Russian (Soviet) Animation
Date of Issue
24/11/2020
Catalogue number
5111-0439
Russian (Soviet) Animation
Date of Issue
24/11/2020
Catalogue number
5111-0439
Denomination
3 rubles
Quality
Proof
Metal, fineness
Silver 925/1000
Total weight, g
33.94 (±0.31)
Fine metal content not less than, g
31.10
Diameter, mm
39.00 (±0.30)
Thickness, mm
3.30 (±0.35)
Mintage, pcs
7,000

Obverse

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).

Reverse

the mirror field of the disc bears a coloured image of the characters of the 'Gena the Crocodile' animation film against the background of a railway station; along the top rim there is an inscription 'КРОКОДИЛ ГЕНА' (GENA THE CROCODILE).

Authors

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

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‘Gena the Crocodile’ is a 1969 Russian stop-motion animated film produced by Soyuzmultfilm studio. The film is based on Eduard Uspensky’s book ‘Crocodile Gena and His Friends’.

Gena the Crocodile works as a crocodile in a zoo. He is kind but very lonely, so he decides to make friends. He posts advertisements all around the city and receives responses from a girl named Galya with a homeless puppy Tobik, and Cheburashka – a big-eared animal unknown to science who came to the city in a crate of oranges.

The viewers were so fond of clumsy Cheburashka that the film became iconic, and the character gained popularity worldwide.

The animated film was directed by Roman Kachanov, who also wrote the script together with Eduard Uspensky. Gena the Crocodile was voiced by Vasily Livanov, and Cheburashka – by Klara Rumyanova.

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