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DON HORSE Horses Breeds Russian Silver Coin Belarus 2012


Second coin of the series "Horses" dedicated to breeds of horses which have a unique influence on the development of horse breeding in the world. Don horses were made famous by the Don Cossacks, who between 1812 and 1814 helped drive Napoleon's troops from Russia. Issued by the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus.

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Don Horse
The Don seems to be the most well–known of the Russian breeds. It became especially famous after the European Odyssey of the Don Cossacks in the 1810s during the Napoleonic wars. Millions of Cossacks, and other Russian cavalrymen, rode Dons. The Don was an ideal Cossack horse and it used to be in great demand by the Cossacks, who joined the Cossack force with their own horses. It was also favored by the regular Russian army, especially at war (not on the parade grounds), when one's life was at stake. The Don is perhaps the most graphic example of what is generally meant by the Russian horse. A tough sturdy survivor, it has saved many a life both at war and in the steppe, when exposed to the most outrageous elements and wolves. It was also a good hunter in the tough Russian fields, especially in wolf hunting.

  • CountryBelarus
  • Year2012
  • Face Value20 Rubles
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Size (mm)30 x 45
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)6.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
On coin reverse there is a Don horse on the foreground, on the background a picture of an officer of the Don Cossack army of the war in 1812 riding on a Don horse with a saber in hand. Inscription in Belorussian language: "Don horse" (in Belorussian). The obverse is common for the whole series, which shows two galloping horses. Coats of arms of the Republic of Belarus, inscriptions in Belorussian language "Republic of Belarus", "20 roubles" and "2012", and the hallmark - "Ag 925".