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32 mm diameter, 14.14 g, silver 92.5%, flat edge
denomination "100 RUBLEI" (Cyrillic), year 2001,
bust of Russian geographer and biologist Lev Semenovich Berg, a laurel wreath, a map of the World and a pikeperch, inscription L.S. BERG (with Cyrillic letters) and years 1876 - 1950
Mintage: 1000 coins
bust of Russian chemist Nicolay Dimitrievich Zelinsky, a laurel wreath, a retort, a burning candle and an open book, inscription N.D. ZELINSKI (with Cyrillic letters) and years 1861 - 1953
Mintage: 1000 coins
bust of Nicolay Vasilyevich Sklifosovsky (Russian medic born at Dubăsari), a laurel wreath, a water snake coiled around a sword, head above a cup, a lizard with severed tail near a thorny bush, inscription N.V. SKLIFOSOVSKI (with Cyrillic letters) and years 1836 - 1904
Mintage: 1000 coins
bust of Russian Impressionist painter Mikhail Fyodorovich Larionov (born at Tiraspol), a laurel wreath, the mask of comedy and the mask of tragedy over a curtain, a palette with paints and three brushes, inscription M.F. LARIONOV (with Cyrillic letters) and years 1881 - 1964
Mintage: 1000 coins

About Russian geographer and biologist Lev Semenovich Berg

Lev Semenovich Berg was born at Tighina (Bender). The pikeperch represented on the coin is an allusion to the Berg's activity as ichthyologist. He studied the freshwater fishes of Russia and of Soviet Union. Berg was president of the Soviet Geographical Society between 1940 and 1950.

Berg wrote a monograph dedicated to Basarabia: Берг Л. С., Бессарабiя. Страна – Люди – Хозяйсво (Berg L.S., Basarabia. Country – Peoples – Economy. "Ogni" Printing House (ogni means Fires!), Petrograd, 1918). The main interest for us is the description made to the Moldavians, autochthonous inhabitants and most numerous of the province:

"Moldavians - these are Romanians, who populate Moldavia [former Principality of], Basarabia [gubernia created after 1812 (in 1871) inside the Russian Empire by separation of territory from the principality] and neighbouring parts to Basarabia in gubernias Podolsk [Podolia] and Herson [Transnistria]; in a number not so big they live also in the Gubernia of Ekaterinoslav. They call themselves Moldovan (Moldoveni in plural - therefore the correct writing is Moldovan, as Puşkin wrote, not Moldavan), and Romania [created in 1859 by the Union of Moldavia and Walachia] they are calling Moldavia.

From the Romanians in Walachia, or Walachians, they differentiate by minor dialect characteristics. The Romanians were known in the Russian initial chronicle, that called them Volohs, southern Slavs call them Vlahs. After the 14th century, another denomination spreads in Poles and Russians for Romanians - Munteni, Multeani, Multani; this name is taken from Romanian language, where it signifies inhabitants of the mountains: munte, from Latin montes, means mountain, in particular - Carpathian Mountains."

The original text in Russian is:

„Молдаване – зто румыны, населяющiе Молдавiю, Бессарабiю и сосѣднiя съ Бессарабiей части губернiй Подолъской и Херсонской; въ неболшомъ числѣ живутъ они также въ Екатеринославской губ. Сами себя они называютъ молдовáн (во множественномъ числѣ молдовéнъ), а Румынiю – Молдóва. Отъ румынъ Валахiи, или валаховъ, отличаются незначителъными дiалектологическими признаками. Румынъ знала уже русская началъная лѣтописъ, именовавшая ихъ волохами, южные славяне зовутъ ихъ влахами. Послѣ XIV века у поляковъ и русскихъ получаетъ распространенiе другое названiе румынъ – мунтяне, мулътяне, мулътаны, зто имя взято съ румынскаго, гдѣ оно означаетъ горцевъ: мунте, отъ латинскаго montes, значитъ горы, въ частности – Карпаты.”

Berg also made a study: Население Бессарабии. Этнографический состав и численностъ (Berg L.S., Population of Basarabia. Ethnographic Composition and number. 1923, 60 pages).

About Russian chemist Nicolay Dimitrievich Zelinsky

Nicolay Dimitrievich Zelinsky was born at Tiraspol (Republic of Moldavia, Transnistria). A crater on the dark side of the Moon was named after Zelinsky.

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