||100 rubles 2007
32 mm diameter, 14.14 g, silver 92.5%, flat edge |
Obverse: denomination "100 RUBLEI" (Cyrillic), coat of arms of the self proclaimed republic of Transnistria (bearing hammer and sickle), inscription "PRIDNESTROVSKII RESPUBLIKANSKII BANK" (in Cyrillic and Russian) meaning "[TRANS] NISTRIAN REPUBLICAN BANK", year 2007, below the silver fineness - 925
|Reverse: image of Kamenets-Podolsk fortress, a socket with gem engraved with legend XIV VEK - 14th century, a ribbon with the inscription KAMENETS-PODOLISKAIA KREPOSTI (Russian, Cyrillic letters) meaning FORTRESS OF KAMENETS-PODOLSK, below inscription DREVNIE KREPOSTI NA DNESTRE (Cyrillic, Russian) meaning OLD FORTRESSES ON NISTRU
Mintage: 500 coins
This coin belongs to the "Old Fortresses on River Nistru" series, that comprises several 100 rubles silver coin, with Tiraspol Fortress (2006), Tighina Fortress (Bender, 2006), Kamenets-Podolsk Fortress (2007), Soroca Fortress (2007) and Cetatea Albă (White Fortress, 2008).
About the Kamenets fortress
The fortress of Kamenets lies in the province of Podolia, hence the Ukrainian name of Kamenets-Podolsky. Kamenets was built on a naturally fortified position, being flanked from three sides by a bend of Smotrych River. This river is a left tributary of the Nistru River and the fortress is situated close to their junction, being in the same time close to the fortress of Hotin.
The fortress of Kamenets was within Polish borders over to year 1672, when possession turned to the Ottoman Empire. The Turks owned the powerful fortress only until 1699 when, as result of the Karlowitz Treaty, Kamenets returned to Poland. The second partition of Poland yielded Kamenets a new master: the Tsarist Empire.
The Chronicle of John Neculce about the seizing of Kamenets by the Turks in 1672
And as the Turks reached under Kamenets, three-four days they struck with guns and the ones in the fortress of Kamenets bowed [...]. And Volodiovschii, Kamenets' burgomaster, if he saw that the fortress surrenders, he entered the powder house, where the gunpowder was, and he caught fire, that he burnt together with the gunpowder, having deemed better to bring death to himself with own hands, then enter slave in pagan hands. [...]
Petriceico-voivod chose Miron Costin of all country's boyars better in speech, who later was also grand logothete. And walking Miron to the vizier's tent, the vizier put him to sit before him. And the vizier told him to speak sooth: feel they glad with the empire's taking over Kaments fortress or nay? And Miron replied he was afraid to speak sooth. And the vizier smiled to laugh and said to speak out, not to fear. Then Miron said "are we Moldavians glad with the empire spreading in all sides, the more the gladder, and over our country we are not glad with it spreading." Then the vizier again laughed and said to him: "You spoke sooth" [...].
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