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NewSILVER COIN OF IVAN THE TERRIBLE

Russia Ivan the Terrible silver wire kopeck, 1533-1584Ivan IV, generally known as Ivan the Terrible, was crowned Grand Prince of Moscow in 1533 at age three.  In 1547 he declared himself Czar of all Russia, and set about centralizing the Russian government and consolidating his power.  He engaged in a reign of terror against anyone he thought might oppose him, torturing and executing many thousands of his subjects, including his own son. Entire cities were destroyed and regions were left depopulated.  Thus he earned his title "The Terrible".  Though he expanded the Russian Empire eastward into Siberia, his attempts to expand into the Baltic met with disastrous defeats.  The military, weakened by Ivan's purges, was defeated by Sweden and Poland.  He apparently had quite an appetite for women, having gone through seven wives and keeping some 50 concubines.  Having destroyed the and having killed his most promising heir, Russia fell into "The Time of Troubles" after his death in 1584. The only type of coin issued by Ivan is the silver wire kopeck.  It was made by smashing a small piece of silver wire between a pair of dies.   As might be expected, the coins are quite crude and struck partly off-center.  The coin shows a horseman with a lance on one side and legends on the other.
Item RU-IVAN RUSSIA, IVAN THE TERRIBLE SILVER WIRE KOPECK, 1533-1594 VG-F $7.00



FINAL COINS OF THE U.S.S.R. 

U.S.S.R. 1991 Final coin set: 10 Kopecks - 10 RublesIn August of 1991 hard line communists staged a coup in an attempt to reverse Gorbachev's reforms of the U.S.S.R.. The coup failed and the communist party was banned.  The country began to break apart and by the end of the year the U.S.S.R. ceased to exist.  This 4-coin set was issued during the short period between the August coup and the December collapse.  The coins still bear the name of the Soviet Union: "CCCP", however the communist symbols, which had dominated Russian coins for the previous 70 years were removed.  Instead the coins feature the Kremlin tower and the dome of the Parliament building.  The date and denomination are on the reverse.  The set includes the bi-metallic 10 Rubles, the copper-nickel 50 Kopecks, 1 and 5 Rubles and the copper-clad steel 10 Kopecks in Uncirculated condition.
Item USSR-SET91F USSR FINAL COINS 5 COIN SET 10 Kopecks - 10 Rubles, 1991 Unc. $6.00



NEW 2016 RUSSIAN COINS

Russia 4 coin set: 1 - 10 Rubles, 2016Russia recently released four new 2016 dated regular issue coins into circulation.  The 1, 2, 5 and 10 feature the crowned Russian arms used by the Czars, rather than the uncrowned eagle of the Bank of Russia that was used on the previous coin issues.  Perhaps Putin is preparing to make himself Czar.  The reverse design features the denomination and an ornamental sprig. The 10 Rubles is struck in brass-plated steel and includes a shifting image within the “0” of the numeral 10 that change from “10” to “РУБ” (RUB) as the angle of the coin is changed.  The other denominations are nickel-plated steel.  All four coins are Uncirculated.
Item RU-SET16 RUSSIA 4 COIN SET: 1 - 10 RUBLES 2016 UNC. $5.00



BI-METALLIC RUSSIAN COINS HONOR HISTORICAL TOWNS

Russia bi-metallic 10 Rubles 2002 Hisotric towns.Russia set of 4 bi-metallic 10 Rubles 2003 TownsRUSSIA 2004 Historic Cities bi-metal 10 Ruble coinsRussia 2005 set of 4 Historic towns bimetallic 10 RublesRUSSIA 2006 Historic towns bi-metal 10 Ruble coinsRussia 10 Rubles, 2008 set of 3 historic townsRussia 2008 Historic Cities coin setSet of 4 Russian 10 Rubles 2009 Historical TownsRussia 2010 Historic Towns coin setSet of 2011 Russian historic towns 10 Ruble coins2012 Russian historic cities 10 Ruble coin2014 Russian historic cities 10 Ruble coinRussia 2016 Historic Towns commemorative 10 Rubles: Rzhev,Velikie Luki and Zubsov
In 2002 Russia began an annual program that each year commemorates some of their historical towns on bi-metallic 10 Ruble coins. The coins picture the city and its arms on one side and has the standard Russian 10 Ruble obverse on the other. The 2002 series was the first in the series. It honored the towns Kostroma, Starya Russa and Derbent. The 2003 series consists of 4 coins, commemorating the historic cities of Kasimov, Dorogobuzh, Murmom and Pskov. The 2004 series consists of 3 coins and honored the towns of Dmitgrov, Kemy and Riyazhsk. The 2005 series honors the towns of Mcensk, Kazan, Borovsk and Kaliningrad. The 2006 Series honored the towns of Torzhok, Kargopol and Belograd. The 2007 series pictured the towns of Gdov, Veliky Ustyug and Vologada. The 2008 Historic towns are Azov, Prioziorsk, Smolensk and Vladimir. The 2009 series includes the towns of Galich, Kaluga, Veliky Novogorod and Vyborg. The 2010 series includes two coins, depicting the historic towns of of Bryansk and Yuryevets. The 2011 set includes only two coins, featuring the towns of Yelets and Solikamsk. Only one coin was issued in the series for 2012: Belozersk.  No coins were issued in 2012.  One coins was issued in 2014 for the historic town of Nerekhta. No coins were issued for 2015.  Three towns were commemorated in 2016: Rzhev, Velikie Luki and Zubsov.
Item RU-TOWN02 2002 SET OF 3 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. $28.00
Item RU-TOWN03 2003 SET OF 4 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-TOWN04 2004 SET OF 3 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. $16.00
Item RU-TOWN05 2005 SET OF 4 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-TOWN06 2006 SET OF 3 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-TOWN07 2007 SET OF 3 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. $15.00
Item RU-TOWN08 2008 SET OF 4 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. $18.00
Item RU-TOWN09 2009 SET OF 4 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-TOWN10 2010 SET OF 2 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. $8.00
Item RU-TOWN11 2011 SET OF 2 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. $8.00
Item RU-TOWN12 2012 RUSSIA HISTORIC TOWN 10 RUBLES: BELOZERSK,UNC.$4.00
Item RU-TOWN14 2014 RUSSIA HISTORIC TOWN 10 RUBLES: NEREKHTA,UNC.$4.00
Item RU-TOWN16 2016 SET OF 3 RUSSIA HISTORIC TOWN 10 RUBLES UNC. $12.00

BI-METALLIC RUSSIAN COINS CELEBRATE REGIONS

Russia 10 Ruble Regions coins - 2005
Russia 10 Rubles Regions coins - 2006Russian 10 Rubles 2007 Regions Series set of 6
Russia 2008 set of 4 Regional 10 Rubles
Set of 5 2009 Russian Regions 10 Ruble commemorative bi-metallic coinsRussian Regions 10 Rubles, 2011 Russian Regions 10 Rubles, 2013, Regions seriesRussian Regions 10 Rubles, 2014 Regions SeriesRUSSIA SET OF 3 2016 REGIONS 10 RUBLES: Amur, Belgorod, and Irkutsk regions
In 2005 Russia recently started a new series of bi-metallic 10 Ruble coins honoring the regions of Russia. In many ways it is similar to the very successful State Quarters program of the United States. Each year various regions will be honored. The coins feature the regions arms on one side and the denomination on the other. The coins are 27mm in diameter with a brass ring around a copper-nickel center.  The obverse features the denomination with a shifting image within the “0” that changes from "10" to "РУБ" (Ruble) as the coin is turned. 
The first six coins, dated 2005, include Leningrad, Tver, Oryol, Krasnodar, Republic of Tartarstan and Moscow. In 2006 coins were issued for the Regions of Chita, Sakhalin, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Republic of Altari and the Maritime Region. The 2007 series feature Arkhangelsk Region. Republic of Bashkortostan, Republic of Khakasia, Lipetsk Region, Novosibirsk Region and Rostov region. The 2008 regions coins honors Astrakhan Region, Kabaradan-Balkar Republic, Svedolovsk Region and Udmurt Region. The 2009 regions coins features The Republic of Adygeya, The Jewish Autonomous Region, the Republic of Kalmykiya, the Kirovsk Region and the Republic of Komi.  The 2010 regions coins were issued in very limited quantities and we have not been able to acquire them at a reasonable price.  The 2011 regions coins honor Republic of Butyatiya and Voronezh Region.   No coins in the regions series were issued in 2012.  Two coins were issued in the series in 2013. One for the Republic of Dagestan and the other for the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania.  Five coins were issued in 2014 commemorating Chelyabinsk Region, The Republic of Ingushetia, Penza Region, Saratov Region and Tyumen Region.  No coins were issued in this series in 2015.  In 2016 the Amur, Belgorod and Irkutsk Regions were commemorated.
Item RU-REG05 RUSSIA, 2005 SET OF 6 REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-REG06 RUSSIA, 2006 SET OF 5 REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-REG07 RUSSIA, 2007 SET OF 6 REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. $24.00
Item RU-REG08 RUSSIA, 2008 SET OF 4 REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-REG09 RUSSIA, 2009 SET OF 5 REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
Item RU-REG11 RUSSIA, 2011 SET OF 2 RUSSIAN REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. $8.00
Item RU-REG13 RUSSIA 2013 SET OF 2 RUSSIAN REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. $8.00
Item RU-REG14 RUSSIA 2014 SET OF 5 RUSSIAN REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. $20.00
NEWItem RU-REG16 RUSSIA 2016 SET OF 3 RUSSIAN REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. $12.00


SOCHI WINTER OLYMPIC COMMEMORATIVE COMBINES NEW AND OLD

Russia 25 Rubles 2011 Sochi Winter OlympicsRussia 25 Rubles 2012 Sochi Olympics
Russia issued these 25 Ruble coins to commemorate the 2014 Winter Olympic Games at  the Russian resort city of Sochi. The 27mm coin come sealed in a plastic holder.  This was the first Winter Olympic Games to be held in Russia.   The obverse of the coins all feature the triple-crowned imperial Russian Eagle with Saint George and the dragon on its breast, a design that originated in Czarist times.  Different reverses were used for each annual issue.  The 2011 features issue features the Sochi Olympic logo, which includes a web address ( sochi.ru ) and the Olympic ring against the mountains that are reflected on the sea.  It represents Sochi as a meeting point between the mountains and the sea.   It is the first coin that I know of that featured a web address in its design.  The 2012 issue depicts the three Sochi Olympic mascots: a leopard, a hare and a polar bear. 
Item RU-SOCHI11 RUSSIA 25 RUBLES 2011 SOCHI OLYMPICS - MOUNTAINS & SEA Y1298 BU$4.00
Item RU-SOCHI12 RUSSIA 25 RUBLES 2012 SOCHI OLYMPIC MASCOTS BU $4.50



RUSSIA WWII CITIES OF MILITARY GLORY COINS

Russia 2011 set of 10 Rubles Cities of Military Glory coins, 2011Russia 2012 Millitary Glory Cities coinsRussia 2013 Millitary Glory Cities coins
In 2011 Russia began a new annual series of commemorative 10 Ruble coins honoring "Cities of Military Glory". The title of “City of Military Glory” has thus far been bestowed upon some 35 cities where soldiers and citizens displayed exceptional heroism in World War II. The 22mm brass plated steel coins feature the coat-of-arms of the city on one side and the standard 10 Ruble obverse. The first eight cities to be honored were Belgorod, Kursk, Oryol, Vladikavkaz, Malgobek, Rzhev, Yelets, and Yelnya in 2011.  In 2012 Dmitrov, Luga, Polyarny, Rostov-on-Don, Tuaspe, Velikiye Luki, Velikiye Novgorod and Voronezh where honored.  In 2013 the cities of Vyzama, Kronstadt, Naro-Fominsk, Pskov, Kozelsk, Arkhangelsk, Volokolmask and Bryansk where honored. 
Item RU-MILIT11 RUSSIA SET OF 8 MILITARY GLORY CITY 10 RUBLES, 2011 UNC. out
Item RU-MILIT12 RUSSIA SET OF 8 MILITARY GLORY CITY 10 RUBLES, 2012 UNC. $22.50
Item RU-MILIT13 RUSSIA SET OF 8 MILITARY GLORY CITY 10 RUBLES, 2013 UNC. $18.00


RUSSIA CELEBRATES 1150th ANNIVERSARY OF STATEHOOD 

Russia 10 Rubles 2012 1150th Anniversary of StatehoodRussia released this 2012 dated 22mm brass plated steel 10 Ruble coin to celebrate the 1150th anniversary of Russian statehood.  Few nations achieve such a long history of nationhood. One side of the coin depicts the Millennium of Russia monument built in 1862 in Novgorod.  The other side is the standard 10 Ruble obverse.  According to tradition, Russia was founded at Novgorod in 862AD by a Viking named Rurik who traveled down from Scandinavia through the Volga River system.
Item RU-ANNV RUSSIA 10 RUBLES 2012 1150th ANNIVERSARY UNC. $4.00


2013 KAZAN UNIVERSIADE GAMES COMMEMORATIVES Restocked

Russia set of 2 10 Rubles Kazan Universiade gamesThe Universiade Games were held in the City of Kazan from July 6 to July 17, 2013.  The Universiade brought over 10,400 University athletes from 162 countries together for the second largest sporting event in the world by participation, after the Olympics.  Cultural activities, festivities and shows were held in conjunction with the sporting events.  Russia issued two circulating 10 Ruble coins to commemorate the event.  One features the emblem of the Games which features a stylized tulip.  The other depicts the Games' Mascot, a snow leopard running with a torch, with the emblem of the event below. The coins are 22mm brass-plated steel.   Both coins are dated 2013 and have the standard 10 Ruble obverse.
RU-KAZAN RUSSIA SET OF 2 KAZAN UNIVERSIADE 10 RUBLES, 2013 UNC. $6.00


RUSSIA INTRODUCES A SYMBOL FOR THE RUBLE

Russia 1 Ruble 2014 Ruble Symbol coinTo commemorate the official adoption of the Russia's new symbol for their currency, Russia issued this circulating commemorative 1 Ruble coin dated 2014.  One side features the new symbol for the Ruble, which resembles the letter "P" with a line through it.  The other side features the double headed Russian eagle.   The 20.5mm coin is struck in nickel-plated steel.  The Bank of Russia claims the new symbol will "encourage the use of the ruble in international trade and as a potential reserve currency."  Since the symbol was announced in December 2013, the Ruble has lost almost half of its value against the dollar.
Item RU-RUBLE RUSSIA 1 RUBLE 2014 RUBLE SYMBOL UNC. $3.00



RUSSIA CELEBRATES CRIMEAN TAKEOVER WITH BANKNOTERestocked

Russia 100 Rubles Crimea banknoteIn 1954 the Soviet Union transferred Crimea from Russia to Ukraine.  At the time it did not make much difference as they were then all the same country. In 2014 Russian forcibly took Crimea back from Ukraine and incorporated it into Russia.   The move has not been recognized by most Western nations.  To commemorate the annexation of Crimea Russia issued a 100 Ruble note in 2015.  One side is devoted to Sevastapol.  It features the Monument to the Ships sunk during the Siege of Sevastopol in 1854.  In the background is a painting of sailing ships and outlines St. Vladimir’s Cathedral and other historical buildings in Sevastopol. At the bottom is a the outline of a monument commemorating the defense of Sevastopol in World War II.  The other side is devoted to Crimea.  It features the famous “Swallow’s Nest” castle in Gaspra, Crimea.  In the background are landmarks and buildings from around Crimea, including the Big Khan Mosque and RT-70 radio telescope.  At the bottom is a QR code which leads to the Bank of Russia website that describes the details of the note (in Russian).  The note has a watermark of Catherine the Great, who incorporated Crimea into Russia in 1783.  Since Russia took over Crimea, the Ruble has lost almost half of its value. The colorful banknote measures 150 x 65mm.
Item PM-RU-CRIMEA100R RUSSIA 100 RUBLES 2015 CRIMEA BANKNOTE UNC. $7.00

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NEWRUSSIA HONORS WORLD WAR II SOVIET LIBERATION OF CAPITALS

Russia 5 Rubles 2016 commemorating capitals liberated by Soviet Army in the Great Patriotic War. 14 coin setIn 2016 Russia issued a series of 14 5 Ruble coins commemorating the 14 national capitals liberated by Soviet troops during World War II.  Each coin features the name of the city (in Russian), the date of liberation, and an image of a monument in the city honoring the Soviet liberators.  The coins commemorate the liberation of Kiev (Ukraine), Minsk (Belarus), Vilnius (Lithuania), Kishinev (Moldava), Bucharest (Romania), Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Belgrade (Serbia), Warsaw (Poland), Bratslava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria), Berlin (Germany) and Prague (Czechoslovakia).  The nickel-plated steel 25mm coins have the standard 5 Ruble obverse featuring the denomination, date and a plant twig.
Item RU-LIBSET16 RUSSIA SET OF 14 LIBERATION 5 RUBLES, 2016, UNC $27.00



NEWRUSSIA 2018 WORLD CUP SOCCER COIN

Russia 25 Rubles FIFA 2018Russia recently released this 2018 dated 25 Ruble commemorating the World Cup Soccer Games to be held in Russia in 2018.  The reverse depicts the official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  The obverse depicts the Russian coat-of-arms which features the crowned imperial eagle that was used in the Czarist era.  The 27mm coin is copper-nickel.
Item RU-FIFA25R RUSSIA 25 RUBLE 2018 WORLD CUP SOCCER (FIFA) UNC $5.00



NEW150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RUSSIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

RUSSIA 5 RUBLES 2016, 150th ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORICAL SOCIETYThis 2016 Russian 5 Ruble coin commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Russian Historical Society.  The society was founded in 1866, banned by the communists in 1917, re-established by Russian emigres in Prague in 1925, banned by the Nazis in 1939, moved to America where it carried on limited activities, then finally again re-established in Russia in the 2004.  The coin depicts the Minin and Pozharsky Monument in Red Square in Moscow.  bronze statue on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral. The bronze statue commemorates Prince Dmitry Pozharsky and Kuzma Minin, who gathered an all-Russian volunteer army and expelled the forces of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1612, putting an end to the Time of Troubles. The nickel-plated steel 25mm coin has the standard 5 Ruble obverse.
Item RU-HIST16 RUSSIA 5 RUBLES 2016 HISTORICAL SOCIETY, UNC $3.00




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