Thursday, April 13, 2017

Georgia to release silver 5 lari coin dedicated to winemaking

13.04.2017. (Hvino News). The new Georgian silver 5 lari coin, which  pictures Georgian vine varieties and a qvevri, will be released by National Bank of Georgia in July. It will be a collector's coin to be minted in limited quantity.

The National Bank  came up with the idea to release vine-themed  coin in connection with upcoming Georgian wine exhibition in Bordeaux, France.

In summer 2017, in the new Bordeaux Center of Wine Civilization, Georgia will be the first invited country to open the series of exhibitions. As an honored guest, Georgia is scheduled to present "Vineyard-Georgia", a solo exhibition celebrating its traditional winemaking and viticulture (Read more at: In 2017 the year of Georgia in Bordeaux will be celebrated at new Center for Wine and Civilizations and French President opens "Cité du Vin" in Bordeaux, meets with Georgian Prime Minister.)

In November 2016 National Bank of Georgia announced a public competition to design a commemorative coin on the topic of Georgian wine, which was won by Nino Gongadze. The composition of the coin centers around the golden qvevri filled with red wine. The bottom of the coin reads: "საქართველო", "2017", "Georgie" (in French), "5 ლარი" (5 lari).

On the reverse the Bordeaux-based Center for Wine and Civilizations is pictured. The script reads in French: "L’EXPOSITION "VIGNOBLE INVITE" DE LA CITE DU VIN DE BORDEAUX", "LA GEORGIE - PREMIER INVITE".

The coins will be produced by Japan Mint. In total 1,500 coins will be released, which will be sold at the National Bank of Georgia and at the Wine Museum of Kvareli.

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