Great Russian Minds - Writer Anton Chekhov

Tuvalu 2010 - $1 - Great Russian Minds - Writer Anton Chekhov - 1oz LIMITED Silver Coin

Only 6.000 of these special coins were issued by Perth Mint!
This silver proof coin is dedicated to Great Russian Minds.

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Country Tuvalu
Year 2010
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 1
Metal Silver
Fineness 999/1000
Weight 1oz - 31,1g
Diameter 40,6 mm
Thickness 4 mm
Mintage 6000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $92.43
Coin Story

The second release from the Perth Mint’s Great Russian Minds series celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of short story writer and playwright Anton Chekhov. Born in the port city of Taganrog on January 29, 1860, Chekhov began writing as a means of supporting his family while he also studied to become a doctor. He is most famously remembered for four great plays - The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard - as well as more than 600 short-stories, many of which are considered masterpieces. Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was a Russian short-story writer, playwright and physician, considered to be one of the greatest short-story writers in the history of world literature. His career as a dramatist produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career, saying, "Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress." Chekhov renounced the theater after the disastrous reception of The Seagull in 1896; but the play was revived to acclaim in 1898 by Constantine Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre, which subsequently also produced Uncle Vanya and premiered Chekhov’s last two plays, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. These four works present a special challenge to the acting ensemble as well as to audiences, because in place of conventional action Chekhov offers a "theater of mood" and a "submerged life in the text."
Chekhov had at first written stories only for the money, but as his artistic ambition grew, he made formal innovations which have influenced the evolution of the modern short story. His originality consists in an early use of the stream-of-consciousness technique, later adopted by James Joyce and other modernists, combined with a disavowal of the moral finality of traditional story structure. He made no apologies for the difficulties this posed to readers, insisting that the role of an artist was to ask questions, not to answer them.

Reverse Design

The reverse features a stunning, full color portrait of Anton Chekhov, adopted from a famous oil painting. The struck devices depict three touchstones of his life (from top): two seagulls (denoting his first drama); the Moscow Arts Theatre, which staged The Seagull in 1898; and comedy and tragedy masks, universal symbols of the theater.

Obverse Design

Issued as Tuvalu legal tender, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.


The Great Russian Minds - Writer Anton Chekhov silver coin is housed in a presentation case, which comes within a stylish outer shipper accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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