Central Bank issues commemorative coins with Umka bear
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Central Bank issues commemorative coins with Umka bear

July 02, 2021

The famous cartoon hero will be embossed on a million of coins.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Central Bank of Russia has issued a series of commemorative coins depicting Umka the polar bear from the Soviet cartoon of the same name.

In total, a million coins will be minted with Umka from base metal (to the value of 25 rubles) and seven thousand – from precious metal (to the value of 3 rubles). At the same time, 150 thousand coins of base metal with a colored coating will be released and 850 thousand – without a colored coating.

On the reverse side of the three-ruble silver coin, there is a color-coded image of cartoon characters against the background of images of ice and the starry sky, made using the laser matting technique, at the top there is an inscription: UMKA. On the obverse of the coin, there is a relief image of the state emblem and accompanying inscriptions.

On coins of base metal, the pattern is the same, but without laser matting.

“The issued coins are legal means of cash payment on the territory of the Russian Federation and should be accepted at face value in all types of payments without any restrictions”, the Bank of Russia press office reminded.

The cartoon about Umka appeared on screens in 1969. The directors of the film are Vladimir Pekar and Vladimir Popov.

The cartoon about Umka

The next year after the premiere, Soyuzmultfilm released the second part, Umka Seeking a Friend, which also gained immense popularity among viewers. Not so long ago, the Soyuzmultfilm studio released a sequel to the popular Soviet dilogy about a polar bear cub.

The Soyuzmultfilm studio released a sequel to the popular Soviet dilogy

The history of the cartoon Umka received special attention from the Norilsk people, when the polar bear Aika settled in the apartment of cameraman Yury Ledin in the 1970s. Earlier we also wrote that there were many bears in the history of urban development in Norilsk.

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Text: Mikhail Tuayev, Photo: souzmult.ru and the Central Bank of Russia

July 02, 2021

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