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The Sheremetev family descended from one of the wealthiest and most influential Russian boyar lines. Its members held highest-rank oices in the tsarist government and in the Imperial Russian Army. Having accumulated
enormous wealth, the Sheremetevs became highly reputable patrons, collectors and connoisseurs of art. Even today, the aristocratic estates of this illustrious family enrapture their visitors with opulence, lavishly decorated
interiors and omnipresent luxury.
The set of five commemorative coins „Sheremetev Palaces” reminds us of the grandeur and beauty of the palaces once owned by this noble Russian family. Depicted on the upper coin, the Fountain House in Saint-Petersburg
is a unique example of the early-Baroque manor-style architecture, bestknown for its intricate wrought-iron fence. A lyre in the center of the set emulates decorative applications of the Fountain House ballroom. Depicted
on the bottom coin, the architectural ensemble and landscape parks of Ostankino were the scenery of a fairytale love aair. The head of the Sheremetev family, senator and philanthropist Nikolai Petrovich, fell in love with a daughter of a serf smith Praskovia Ivanovna Zhemchugova, an actress and opera singer of his famous serf theatre. Against all odds, this incredible story of love and aection culminated in a secret marriage. Portraits of Nikolai Petrovich and his mistress are depicted on the side coins.
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