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The Nutcracker

Series:Russian Ballet
Date of Issue
22/07/1996
Catalogue number
5217-0015
Russian Ballet
Date of Issue
22/07/1996
Catalogue number
5217-0015
Denomination
100 rubles
Quality
Proof
Metal, fineness
Gold 999/1000
Total weight, g
15.72 (±0.15)
Fine metal content not less than, g
15.55
Diameter, mm
30.0 (-0.25)
Thickness, mm
1.50 (±0.20
Mintage, pcs
2,500

Obverse

the two-headed eagle designed by artist I. Bilibin. The inscriptions along the rim: at the top — «100 РУБЛЕЙ 1996 г.» (100 RUBLES 1996), at the bottom — «БАНК РОССИИ» (BANK OF RUSSIA). The letters below indicate the metal sign, the fineness, the mint trademark and the fine metal content.

Reverse

the dancing Prince, the inscription along the rim - "ЩЕЛКУНЧИК" (THE NUTCRACKER).

Authors

The artist: A.V. Baklanov
The sculptor: A.V. Baklanov
Moscow Mint (ММД)
The edge: 240 corrugations)

The "The Nutcracker", a ballet written to Peter Tchaikovsky's music and Marius Petipa's adaptation of Ernest Hoffmann's fairy tale "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" and choreographed by Lev Ivanov, was first staged in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on December 6, 1892. The ballet has a dramatic history: its original version was not particularly successful with the public as Marius Petipa, the choreographer of the Mariinsky Theatre, could not stage it himself due to ill health. Later different versions of the ballet were produced. It was first shown in Moscow only in 1915. "The Nutcracker" received a new lease of life on March 12, 1966, on the stage of the Bolshoi Thearte where it was produced by Yuri Grigorovich. The leading parts in the ballet were performed by the ballet stars Y.Maximova, V.Vasilyev, G. Sitnikov and V. Levashov (the scenery was designed by artist S. Virsaladze and the orchestra was conducted by G.Rozhdestvensky). "The Nutcracker" has been successfully staged in many countries.

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