1000 Years of Christianity in Russia Table Medal [Moscow Issue]. St. Vladimir (958-1015) was the grandson of St. Olga and the son of Prince Svyatoslav. He is known as The Equal to the Apostles and Krasno Solnyshko (Красно Солнышко), which mean the Fair, or Red, Sun. Originally a pagan, he married Anna (963-1011), the daughter of Byzantine Emperor Romanos II and the Empress Theophano and sister of Emperors Basil II and Constantine VIII. After the Baptism of Russia, St. Vladimir destroyed many pagan monuments and established many churches.
St. Vladimir is portrayed resting atop a cloud as he holds aloft the Russian Orthodox cross. He bears a shield, the symbol of the protection against evils and falsities. Behind him the sunrays symbolize wisdom and his life in the church. On the reverse is a short prayer and blessing in Slavonic.
Issued in a limited edition for the celebration of the Millennium of Christianity in 1988. Minted in Russia. Gift boxed with an informative enclosure. 2¾" diameter (70mm).