MARAT Soviet Battleship 2 Oz Silver Coin 10$ Palau 2010

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The Marat, originally called Petropavlovsk, was the third of the Gangut-class battleships of the Imperial Russian Navy built before World War I. The Ganguts were the first class of Russian dreadnoughts. The Republic of Palau is proud to commemorate this imposing Soviet battleship with an unforgettable coin in Silver 999.

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Specifications
Country Palau
Year 2010
Face Value 10 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 62.2 (2 oz)
Size (mm) 42 x 42
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 1.000
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) No
 
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The Marat was a legendary former Soviet Union battleship. In 1911 she was launched in St. Petersburg under the name “Petropawlowsk”. Eight years later she was hit three times and put out of action in the harbour of Kronstadt by a British torpedo motorboat. However, this attack was not the end of the “Petropawlowsk”. She was raised, repaired and set back into service in 1921. She was renamed “Marat”, after the famous French revolutionary leader Jean-Paul Marat (1743-1793) and set sail again in the same year.
In 1941 this Gangut class battleship was destroyed again. The German pilot Hans-Ulrich Rudel, who fled to South America as an active arms dealer and escape agent at the end of the war, sank the Marat - once again in the harbour of Kronstadt. During this attack with his Junker Ju 87 he achieved a direct hit whereupon the ship beached with it’s over 20‘000 tons. More than 300 sailors were killed.
Nine years later the Marat was raised again, repaired, renamed Volkhov and served as a non-propelled training ship. The final end of this navy legend was in 1953. She was scrapped.

 
Design

The obverse depicts the Marat portrait and the Naval Ensign of the Soviet Union (the star and the hammer and sickle).
The reverse shows the Palau State Coat of Arms.

 
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