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ALEXANDER NEVSKY Saint Of Russian Orthodox Church Silver Proof Coin 1$ Niue 2012


The coin is dedicated to Alexander Nevsky, Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Vladimir, the Saint of Russian Orthodox Church. Alexander Nevsky and his troops defeated the Livonian branch of the Teutonic Knights during the Battle of the Ice on 5th April 1242. A colorful hologram is embedded in the coin.

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Aleksandr Jaroslavic Nevskij
Aleksandr Jaroslavic Nevskij (1220–1263) was the Prince of Novgorod and Grand Prince of Vladimir during some of the most trying times in the city's history. Commonly regarded as the key figure of medieval Rus, Alexander was the grandson of Vsevolod the Big Nest and rose to legendary status on account of his military victories over the German and Swedish invaders while accepting to pay tribute to the powerful Golden Horde.
In 1236 he was summoned by the Novgorodians to become prince of Novgorod and, as their military leader, to defend their northwest lands from Swedish, German and Muslim invaders. The Neva battle of 1240 saved Rus' from a full-scale enemy invasion from the North. Because of this battle, 19-year-old Alexander was given the sobriquet "Nevsky" (which means of Neva). This victory, coming just three years after the disastrous Mongol invasion of Rus, strengthened Nevsky’s political influence, but at the same time it worsened his relations with the boyars. He would soon have to leave Novgorod because of this conflict.
After Pskov had been invaded by the crusading Livonian Knights, the Novgorod authorities sent for Alexander. In spring of 1241 he returned from his exile, gathered an army, and drove out the invaders. Alexander and his men faced the Livonian heavy cavalry led by the master of the Order, Hermann, brother of Albert of Buxhoeveden. Nevsky faced the enemy on the ice of the Lake Peipus and defeated the Livonian branch of the Teutonic Knights during the Battle of the Ice on 5 April 1242.
Alexander’s victory was a significant event in the history of the Middle Ages. Foot soldiers of Novgorod had surrounded and defeated an army of knights, mounted on horseback and clad in thick armour, long before Western Europeans learned how foot soldiers could prevail over mounted knights. Nevsky's great victory against the Livonian Brothers apparently involved only a few knights killed rather than hundreds claimed by the Russian chroniclers; decisive medieval and early modern battles were won and lost by smaller margins than are seen in contemporary conflicts. Strategic considerations aside, Alexander's victory was an important milestone in the development of Muscovite Russia.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2012
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)28.28
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)7.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The coin’s reverse features on the right part of the coin Alexander Nevsky's profile in armour, with a helmet on his head, pikes on the background, next to him a sword. On the left part of the coin two knights on horses fighting with swords, on the background hologram imitating ice. Inscriptions: "Alexander Nevsky 1242" (in Russian) and a hallmark "Ag 925". The obverse of the coin features the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, sovereign of the Commonwealth and Niue Island, along with the year of issue (2012) and the denomination of $1.