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SAINT OLGA OF KIEV Greatest She Warriors Silver Coin 500 Francs Togo 2011


Here's your chance to capture an enduring piece of the history with this interesting coin "Greatest She-Warriors" series dedicated to amazing women of all time which have distinguished for their strong and bravery in crucial times of history. This 2011 500 Francs Proof coin honoring Saint Olga, princess of Kiev.

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Saint Olga
Olga was a Pskov woman of Varangian extraction who married the future Igor of Kiev, arguably in 903. The Primary Chronicle gives 879 as her date of birth, which is rather unlikely, given the fact that her only son was probably born some 65 years after that date. After Igor's death, she ruled Kievan Rus as regent (945-c. 963) for their son, Svyatoslav. t the start of her son's reign, Olga spent great effort to avenge her husband's death at the hands of the Drevlians, and succeeded in slaughtering many of them and interring some in a ship burial, while still alive. She is reputed to have scalded captives to death and another, probably apocryphal, story tells of how she destroyed a town hostile to her. She asked that each household present her with a dove as a gift, then tied burning papers to the legs of each dove which she then released to fly back to their homes. Each avian incendiary set fire to the thatched roof of their respective home and the town was destroyed. More importantly in the long term, Olga changed the system of tribute gathering (poliudie) in what may be regarded as the first legal reform recorded in Eastern Europe.

  • CountryTogo
  • Year2011
  • Face Value500 Francs
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)15.57 (1/2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)35
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin obverse features a reproduction of the Saint Olga. On right edge the inscription "GREATEST SHE-WARRIORS" and "SAINT OLGA". The coin’s obverse depicts the Togo Republic emblem.