The obverse of the coin
in the upper part of the disc - the coat of arms of the USSR of the sample of 1956: the hammer and sickle on a globe, beneath the rising sun, at the top a five-pointed star; the sides of the ears of corn, tied with fifteen turns of the tape, the lower stage is much wider, symbolizes the RSFSR (the rest of the coils - the other republics). Under the arms the full width of the coin there is an inscription "СССР" below is the value: a large stylized number "5" under which a semicircle along the edge to the floor "РУБЛЕЙ" even the small numbers below the year of issue "1990".The reverse of the coin
depicts the building of the Institute of ancient manuscripts Matenadaran in Yerevan. In the foreground along the staircase depicts the open scroll with the letters of the Armenian alphabet, to the left the candlestick with a burning candle. In the right part there is a horizontal inscription «ЕРЕВАН» under it the date of construction of the building, "1959", and below that are the national symbols of Armenia - the Falcon and the sword and shield. In the upper part of the field in a semi-circle along the rim the inscription a stylized font «МАТЕНАДАРАН»
The obverse and reverse of the coin features the speaker on the circumference of the piping.
Release date: 31 October 1990, refers to a series of coins dedicated to the attractions of the USSR.
Artist: A. A. Kolodkin.
Sculptor: N.. Noses.
Total circulation: 3 million pieces, of which 400 thousand coins collectible performance Proof and UNC
The Matenadaran Institute was founded in 1920 on the basis of manuscripts stored in the Echmiadzin monastery. The elder scrolls belong to the V century, they were created by Mesrop Mashtots, founder of the Armenian alphabet. In Soviet times, the manuscript was transported to Yerevan (by that time they already had more than 4 thousand), and in 1959 he built a special building, designed in the style of Armenian architecture of XII-XIII centuries. Before the building there is a statue of Mashtots, and in front of the facade sculptures of different thinkers. In addition to Armenian manuscripts, there are other ancient writings.