On October 13, 2021 the Central Bank of
Armenia puts into circulation
the silver collector coin dedicated
to the 150th anniversary of Alexander Spendiaryan’s birth.
Spendiaryan (1871-1928) is a great Armenian composer, conductor, pedagogue, a musical and social activist, People’s
Artist of the Armenian SSR (1926). In 1892-1894
Spendiaryan studied the theory of composition
with N. Klenovsky in Moscow, and
in 1896-1900 with
N. Rimsky-Korsakov in St. Petersburg. He
lived in the Crimea, got involved with conductor’s and musical and social activities. As a composer, he was influenced
by Russian and Armenian cultures.
Spendiaryan lived in Yerevan.
During that period he wrote the “Yerevan Etudes” and completed the heroic-patriotic opera “Almast” (by H. Tumanyan’s
poem “The Siege of the Tmouk Castle”, libretto by S. Parnok) – one of the best works of the Armenian music theater.
a great role in the formation of the Armenian National Composer
School – he enriched Armenian music with new themes, expanded the
genres, laid the foundation of the Armenian national symphony. His “Crimean Sketches”, “Three Palms”, “Yerevan Etudes” and other symphonic works are classic samples of
Armenian symphonic music.
House-Museum was established in Yerevan. The
Yerevan National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater (1933) and Music School No. 1 carry the name of the composer.
Obverse: the monument to Spendiaryan (sculptors: A. Sargsyan, Gհ.
Chubaryan, architects: G. Aghababyan, F.
Darbinyan, 1953) against the background of the Opera and Ballet Theater
building (architect A. Tamanyan, 1932) and a dancer.
portrait, note pages of the “Three Palms”,
stylized images of a violin, inkwell
and palm trees.
coin is minted in the Lithuanian Mint.
the collector coin
value 1000 dram
Metal/fineness silver 9250
Weight 33,6 g
Diameter 40,0 mm
of issue 500 pcs
Year of issue 2021
coins are made of precious metals and are issued to present to the society the
national, international, historical and cultural, spiritual and other values of
the country, to immortalize these values in the metal and to meet the demands
of the numismatic market.
other currency the collector coins have face value which makes them the means
of payment. However, the face value of these coins is much lower that their
cost price which includes the cost of the precious metal used for manufacturing
of the coin, mintage and other expenses. Low face value and high cost price
allow these coins to be considered as the items of collection and not the means
of payment used in money circulation. The collector coins have also the sale
price set by the Central Bank of Armenia.
As the items
of collection the collector coins are issued in very restricted quantities and
are not reissued.
collectors and all interested persons can buy the Armenian collector coins in
the sales salon “Numismatist”
which is in the building of the Central Bank of Armenia and is open for
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