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GOGOL Nikolai 200th Anniversary Silver Coin 1$ Tuvalu 2009


The first release from The Perth Mint’s Great Russian Minds series celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Nikolai Gogol, the ‘father of realism’ in Russian literature. Born in Ukraine on 1 April 1809, the satirical writer produced some of Russia’s most important and best-loved plays, short stories and novels before his untimely death in 1852.

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Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (1809 – 1852) was a Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist. His early works, such as Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka, were heavily influenced by his Ukrainian upbringing and identity.

He is considered the father of modern Russian realism. His writing satirised the corrupt bureaucracy of the Russian Empire, leading to his exile. On his return, he immersed himself in the Orthodox Church. The novels Taras Bul'ba (1835) and Dead Souls (1842), the play The Inspector-General (1836, 1842), and the short stories Diary of a Madman, The Nose and The Overcoat (1842) are among his best known works. With their scrupulous and scathing realism, ethical criticism as well as philosophical depth, they remain some of the most important works of world literature.

Originally designed for The Perth Mint’s main distributor in Russia, this series is being offered worldwide in response to significant indicative interest in Russian themes.
All coins in the series Great Russian Mind:

  • 2009 Gogol
  • 2010 Chekhov
  • 2010 Pirogov
  • 2010 Tolstoy
  • 2011 Lomonosov
  • CountryTuvalu
  • Year2009
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)6.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin’s reverse, which includes The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, depicts a coloured image of the famous writer accompanied by the inscription ‘200th Anniversary Nikolai Gogol 1809 – 2009’. The reverse also portrays three of his famous characters: Taras Bulba from the novel of the same name; Khlestakov, from the play The Government Inspector; and Patsyuk, from the short story Christmas Eve. Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, the coin bears the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse.