A World Mint News blog article by Michael Alexander features the first new commemorative coins released by Ukraine since the Russian invasion.
The National Bank of Ukraine has just released its first commemorative coins since the country's invasion by Russian forces on the 24th February. Since this day, the nation and its people have been staunchly defending their homeland and repelling the deadly, destructive aggression brought to their country by the president and government in the Kremlin. In support of Ukraine's defence of their territory, numerous countries have come to their aid with funds, weapons, military advisors, humanitarian assistance, and moral support, especially to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, president of Ukraine since 2019.
During a short ceremony at the National Bank, a silver coin was presented to representatives from the embassies of France, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Sweden, the United States, the Czech Republic, and Poland, each country noted on the commemorative coin. The meeting was overseen by Deputy National Bank Governor Oleksiy Shaban and Ukraine's First Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova.
As a testament that Ukrainians are stoically trying to lead their lives in the face of approaching Russian soldiers entering the capital city, it was reported by national media that by 9:00 am on the morning of the 14th July, a crowd of about 80 people had already gathered outside the branch of one bank in Kyiv to purchase the coin. Currently, only a few branches of commercial banks were able to offer the coins as the National Bank's online coin portal has been offline. However, the queue was interrupted by an air raid siren which closed the branch business for some time. Since the start of the war, there has been a huge demand for all things patriotic, and many Ukrainians have commented these eye-catching coins certainly fit the bill.
These commemorative coins ‘In Unity, Strength' begins a new series entitled My Immortal Ukraine and are the first coins to be issued into circulation by the National Bank of Ukraine during wartime. From concept, production and issue, these coins were created in a time of war, literally to the sound of air raid sirens outside the walls of the National Bank.
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Ukraine: First commemorative coins released since invasion salutes world friends in support of democracy
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