The Kiev observatory was founded in 1845. Today it is operated by the Taras Shevchenko University.

The Kiev observatory can be found on the obverse of a very nice design 5 hryvnia nominal value commemorative coin issued in 2010. Legend under the building in four lines is "АСТРОНОМІЧНА ОБСЕРВАТОРІЯ / КИЇВСЬКОГО НАЦІОНАЛЬНОГО / УНІВЕРСИТЕТУ / ІМЕНІ ТАРАСА ШЕВЧЕНКА" that is, Astronomical Observatory of the Kiev National University named after Taras Shevchenko. Legend around: "НАЦІОНАЛЬНИЙ БАНК УКРАЇНИ", i. e. National Bank of Ukraine, face value: "5 ГРИВЕНЬ" and date 2010.

Kohoutek 1 reverseKohoutek 1 obverse

On the reverse we see the Kiev meridian telescope in the background with the starry sky through the observatory's is open roof. The legend: "КИЇВСЬКИЙ МЕРИДІАН · 1845", that is Kiev meridian 1845, indicates the founding year. The coin was issued in the observatory 165th birthday.

The plaque of Kyiv meridian from the observatory's official website.