Yury Nikulin’s Creative Work
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 ‘25 РУБЛЕЙ’ (25 RUBLES), and the year of issue ‘2021 г.’ (2021).
the mirror field of the disc features a relief image of Yury Nikulin’s portrait surrounded by the actor’s images: on the left, from movies and TV shows against the background of a stylised film strip; on the right, from a circus play; at the top, a relief image of the logo of Nikulin Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard; at the bottom, a coloured inscription ‘Юрий Никулин’ (Yury Nikulin) and his life years: ‘1921–1997’.
Designers: E.V. Kramskaya (obverse), S.A. Kozlov (reverse).
Sculptors: A.A. Dolgopolova (obverse), A.N. Bessonov (reverse).
Mint: Saint Petersburg Mint.
Edge: 252 corrugations.
Yuri V. Nikulin (1921–1997) was awarded the titles of the People’s Artist of the USSR, the Hero of Socialist Labour, and was the laureate of the State Prize of the RSFSR.
In 1946, Nikulin joined the clownary studio at the Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard. After graduation he worked as an assistant to the famous clown Karandash for two years. As a clown, he performed with his devoted partner Mikhail Shuidin and his wife Tatyana for many years. Together they devised many funny and interesting clown reprises and scenes often finding plots in the real life and focusing attention on funny things.
In 1982, Yuri Nikulin became the general manager and artistic director of the said circus.
Nikulin starred in more than 40 films. They are still admired by film lovers of all generations: The Diamond Arm; Kidnapping, Caucasian Style; Operation Y; Come Here, Mukhtar!; Twenty Days Without War, etc. It is impossible to imagine either cinema or circus without Nikulin.
Yuri Nikulin was an actor of the epic genre. On the screen, he appeared in eccentric and dramatic roles, yet he never impersonated mean or evil men. Being funny people, his characters always evoked sympathy and love.
For many years, Yuri Nikulin run the White Parrot TV show, where he invited many famous people to share jokes and funny stories.
From 1992, Nikulin was the Chairman of the Board of the Peace Foundation. In 1997, he established the Circus and Mercy Charitable Foundation to help veterans and young circus performers.