St. George (George), a soldier and saint with whom the legend of the fight against the dragon is firmly tied, He was born around 270 C.E. as a descendant of a noble family in Anatolian Cappadocia (possibly the city of Kayseri). Father St. George was an officer in the Roman army, but was killed by pagans. Then George and his mother went to their homeland, to Palestine, where they lived in the city of Lidda (the current Lod, located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; Also Diospoli) In his new house, George became famous as a good soldier. He was brave and strong, and soon he became an officer in the Roman army, being a faithful Christian.
At the age of 20 he received the title of Tribune and subsequently became a member of the personal guard of the Roman emperor Diocletian in Nicomedia. However, in 303, the emperor issued edicts allowing the persecution and killing of Christians throughout the Empire. George was ordered to participate in the persecution. Instead, George professed his Christian beliefs and criticized imperial edicts.
Enraged, Diocletian tortured him inhumanely, and then ordered his execution, beheading him on April 23, 303 in front of the Nicomedia defense wall.
This barbaric act of Diocletian prompted Empress Alexandra and the pagan priest Athanasius to convert to Christianity.
George's body was transported to Lydda, where it was buried. From the very beginning, Christians began to respect him as a martyr.
A number of legends are associated with the persona of St. George, probably the most famous of which tells of his duel with a dragon. This legend tells how George deprived the townspeople of the city of Silena Dragon, who lived near the city in a swamp (or lake) and poisoned the air in the city with his breath. To leave the city alone, the townspeople of Silena had to sacrifice - first two sheep every day, and then two children determined by lot. Once, the lot fell on Princess Cleolinda, daughter of King Silena. The princess went to her death in her wedding dress and met George. He promised the princess that he would save her with power and faith in Jesus Christ. He wounded the dragon with a spear and led the wounded into the city, killing him in front of the townspeople of the city. In gratitude, fifteen thousand citizens of Silena were baptized and praised George the Victorious
In 2016, the Bank of Russia changed the design of the obverse for the first time, since the minting of the silver ounce coin George Pobedonosets. The design was changed to a variant that the Mint also uses for its commemorative coin programs.
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