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RUSSIAN SILVER WIRE MONEY

For hundreds of years much of Russian commerce was based on these tiny silver coins called wire money.  The coins were struck by taking a piece of silver wire, cutting it to the proper weight, then smashing it between a pair of dies by a strong-armed Russian.  As might be expected, the coins are quite crude and are usually struck partly off-center.  The coin shows a horseman,  on one side and legends on the other.  We are pleased to offer you this selection of Russian Wire Money which covers a vast sweep of Russian History. 

SILVER 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, a title derived from the ancient Roman term Caesar. In many ways his reign was to foreshadow that of Stalin's.  He 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.  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


MICHAEL ESTABLISHES THE ROMANOV DYNASTY

Silver kopeck coin of Michael Romanov Following the death of Ivan the Terrible in 1584, Russia fell into a period of chaos and civil war. In an effort to bring an end to the fighting, 16 year old Michael Fydorovich Romanov was selected as Czar in 1613.  Though many expected him to fail, the young Michael slowly established his control over Russia.  By the time of his death in 1645 he had established the powerful Romanov dynasty, which was to last over 300 years, until the Russian Revolution in 1917.  This small, crude silver wire kopeck of Michael was made by a strong-armed Russian pounding a small piece of silver wire between two dies. One side pictures a horseman carrying a spear.  The other has Russian legends in the Cyrillic alphabet.
Item RU-MIKE MICHAEL FYDOROVICH ROMANOV SILVER KOPECK 1613-1645 VG-crude $6.00


SILVER WIRE KOPECK OF PETER THE GREAT Restocked

Russia silver kopecks of Peter the Great Peter the Great ruled Russia from 1689 to 1725. He was a great reformer, modernizing Russia and expanding its Navy, frontiers and prestige.  One of his reforms was to abolish the wire coinage in favor of machine struck coins that were used in much of Europe.  Thus he brought an end to this long series of crude silver coins.
Item RU-PETER PETER THE GREAT SILVER KOPECK 1689-1725  VG-crude $5.00
Item RU-PETERx10 10 PIECES of the above PETER THE GREAT SILVER KOPECK - A GREAT DEAL! VG-crude $32.50



NEWHUGE RUSSIAN COIN OF CATHERINE THE GREAT

Russia 5 Kopecks coin of Catherine the Great, 1763-1796 C59Catherine the Great, who ruled Russia from 1762 to 1796, was famous for her great expansion of Russian territory, the great modernization of Russian society and her great exploits with men and horses.  She should also be noted for her great big coins. She believed that coins should contain their intrinsic value in metal. 5 Kopecks was a sizeable sum in those days, hence a sizable coin.  These big, thick copper 5 Kopeck coins are about 42mm (almost 1 3/4 inches) in diameter.  A pocket full of these would really weigh you down! The obverse shows the two headed Russian Eagle.  The reverse has Catherine's monogram and the date.
Item RU-5K RUSSIA 5 KOPECKS CATHERINE THE GREAT 1763-1796 C59 Fine $29.75







CZARIST AND BOLSHEVIK 5 RUBLE NOTES OF RUSSIA

Russia 5 Rubles note, 1909 P35Russia 5 Rubles note, 1909 P35
Bolshevik type 5 Rubles - Reduced size image
World War I brought the fall Russian Empire.  Initially the new Russian governments issued banknotes utilizing the same date and designs as the Czarist issues, making only a change in the serial number.  The beautiful blue and pink Russian 5 Ruble note dated 1909 was first issued by the government of Czar Nicholas II.  When first issued it was equivalent to 3.87 grams of gold, which is worth about $160 today! The large vertical format note is 99mm x 158mm.  The design incorporates the Romanov Imperial Eagle on both sides. The notes issued by the Czarist government had a full serial number consisting of two letters and six digits.  After the fall of the Czar in 1917 the notes continued to be issued by both the Provisional Russian Government and the Bolsheviks, still dated 1909, but with only a series number consisting of two letters and 3 digits instead of a serial number.  They are large, impressive. large pieces of historical currency from a turbulent time in Russian history.
Item PM-RU-5R-CZAR RUSSIA-CZARIST 5 RUBLES 1909 serial number P10 F-VF $6.00
Item PM-RU-5R-BOLSH RUSSIA-BOLSHEVIK 5 RUBLES 1909 series number P35 VF $5.00



WWII SOVIET UNION WAR BONDS

Soviet Union 100 Roubles 1945 war bond depicts bombers, tanks and troops Soviet Union 50 Roubles 1945 war bond depicts bombers, tanks and troopsSoviet Union 25 Roubles 1945 war bond depicts bombers, tanks and troops

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The Soviet Union had impressive looking war bonds! Theese 1945 bonds feature wonderful bright red vignettes of Soviet bombers, tanks and troops.  To the right is a blue vignette of a smoky factory and construction going up next to a ruined building. At the top is the Soviet arms featuring the hammer and sickle over the earth.   Details of the terms of the bonds are on the back.  The bonds were a lottery bond. Over the life of the bond only a third were to be drawn and redeemed.  Those bonds not drawn were to be redeemed after 20 years.  All the bonds of a given year have the same vignettes, however each denomination of bond comes is a different size.  The 100 Ruble is approximately 6" x 8" (15 x 20cm).  The 50 Rubles is approximately 5.25" x 5.75" (10.3 x 14.2cm).  The 25 Rubles is approximately 3.5" x 5" (8.5 x 12.3cm). They are wonderful, historic pieces featuring socialist realism art.  Request a list or see website for other Soviet bonds.
Item BND-USSR45-100 SOVIET UNION 100 RUBLE 1945 WAR BOND, VG-F $25.00
Item BND-USSR45-50 SOVIET UNION 50 RUBLE 1945 WAR BOND, VG-F $27.00
Item BND-USSR45-25 SOVIET UNION 25 RUBLE 1945 WAR BOND, F $27.00



U.S.S.R COIN SET  Restocked

U.S.S.R. coin set: 1 - 20 KopecksThe seven coins in this set were issued shortly before the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union in 1991.  The set includes the 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 15 and 20 Kopecks dating between 1987 and 1991 in Uncirculated condition.  All coins have similar designs. One side features a hammer and sickle enveloping the earth.  The other side has the date and denomination.  It is an interesting and inexpensive reminder of the "evil empire".
Item USSR-SET7 SOVIET UNION COIN SET 1 - 20 KOPECKS, 1987-1991 KM126a-132 UNC. $5.00



FINAL COINS OF THE U.S.S.R. Restocked

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 5 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 features the Kremlin tower and  the dome of the Parlement 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.
Item USSR-SET91F SOVIET UNION FINAL COINS 5 COIN SET 10 Kopecks - 10 Rubles, 1991 AU-Unc. $6.00



LAST BANKNOTES OF THE USSR

LAST BANKNOTES OF THE SOVIET UNION: 1 - 25 RUBLES
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This five note set includes the last banknotes by the Soviet Union before it collapsed in 1991.  Included are the 25 and 10 Rubles notes featuring a portrait of Lenin, the 5 and 3 Rubles notes showing scenes of the Kremlin and the 1 Ruble note.  The 1,3,5 and 10 Rubles are dated 1991, and the 25 Rubles is dated 1961.  No 25 Rubles were issued in 1991.  All five notes include the Soviet emblem of the hammer and sickle enveloping the earth
Item PM-USSR5 USSR 5 NOTE SET 1-25 RUBLES (P237-240,P234) UNC. $12.00


CURRENCY OF RUSSIA'S INFAMOUS MMM CORPORATION

MMM Corporation Note set: 1 to 10,000 Biletov note (1994)
The MMM Corporation in Russia was one of the most spectacular scams in history.  As many as 40 Million people lost as much as $10 Billion dollars by the time it was closed down by Russian authorities.  MMM was founded in 1989 by Sergei Mavrodi and two associates. After several unsuccessful ventures he started a Ponzi scheme.  With promises of fantastic returns, investors poured millions of Rubles into unregistered "shares".  Money from the later investors was used to provide big payoffs for the early investors.  As word of the success of the early investors spread, even more money poured into the company. The price of shares soared from 1,600 rubles per share in February 1994 to around 115,000 rubles in late July 1994. Mavrodi became a symbol of prosperity and had his own private army.  Because the price of shares was so high, Mavrodi started to issue partial shares, called Biletov, in July 1994. 1 Bilet was worth 1/100 of a share. The Biletov looked like banknotes and came in standard denominations from 1 to 10000 Biletov.  The Biletov notes bore Mavrodi’s portrait, the MMM logo and a serial number on the front and the MMM logo on the back.  Due to their seemingly endless increase in value, they were often preferred over the rapidly depreciating official Russian currency.  In the summer of 1994 the pyramid scheme collapsed and Mavrodi was jailed.  While in jail he ran for, and won, a seat in the Russian Duma (parliament), thereby gaining parliamentary immunity for his crimes.  He was expelled from the Duma,, but went into hiding before he could be arrested.   He was finally captured and arrested in 2003.  In 2007 he was fined a few hundred dollars and sentenced to four and a half years in a penal colony.  Since  his release he started similar Ponzi schemes in India, China, South Africa  and South Africa.  Recently he has been involved in schemes promoting bitcoins in Zimbabwe and Nigeria and some claim that he is behind the rapid rise and decline in the value of the bitcoin. No banknotes have been reported from his latest schemes. We offer a set of 8 different Crisp Uncirculated 1994 MMM Biletov notes ranging from 1 to 10,000 Biletov. They serve as a reminder of this and other financial follies
Item PM-MMM SET OF 8 MMM BANKNOTES: 1 - 10,000 BILETOV, 1994 UNC. $9.00




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 ZubsovRussia Historic towns 10 Ruble coin 2017: Olonets
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 coin 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.  One coin was issued in 2017 for the historic town of Olonets.
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. $22.00
Item RU-TOWN04 2004 SET OF 3 RUSSIAN HISTORIC TOWNS 10 RUBLES, UNC. out
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. $15.00
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. out
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. out
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
Item RU-TOWN17 2017 RUSSIA HISTORIC TOWN 10 RUBLES: OLONETS,UNC. out



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 regionsRUSSIA SET OF 2 2017 REGIONS 10 RUBLES: Tambov and Ulyanovsk
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.  In 2017 the Tambov and Ulyanovsk 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, AU-UNC. out
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
Item RU-REG16 RUSSIA 2016 SET OF 3 RUSSIAN REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. $12.00
Item RU-REG17 RUSSIA 2017 SET OF 2 RUSSIAN REGIONAL 10 RUBLES, UNC. out



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




RECENT COINS OF RUSSIAN REPUBLIC  NEW

Russian Republic 8 coin set: 1 Kopeck - 10 RublesThis seven coin of coins in current use in Russia includes the 1, 5, 10 and 50 Kopeck which feature St. George slaying the dragon and the 1, 2, 5 and 10 Rubles which features the double headed Russian Eagle. 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 coins date from 1999 to 2014 and are Uncirculated.
Item RU-SET8 RUSSIA8 COIN SET 1 KOPECK - 10 RUBLES 1999-2014 UNC. $6.50



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



150th 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



NEW 2016 RUSSIAN COIN SET  Restocked Price Reduced

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 S-RU-SET16 RUSSIA 4 COIN SET: 1 - 10 RUBLES 2016 UNC. $5.00



VERY RARE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL UNION ORDER PRESENTATION COINS

Russian Imperial Order Union 1 Ruble 1989 copper-nickelRussian Imperial Order Union Bronze Essai
The Russian Imperial Union Order was founded in Paris in 1929 by a group of Russian exiles in order to promote the legitimate line of the Russian Czar and re-establish Russia as a monarchy.  In 1979 it struck a 1 Ruble to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the organization. The obverse depicts the emblem of the order: the Czarist eagle with a sword. The inscriptions translate as: "Russian Imperial Union-Order",  "For the Faith, the Czar and the Fatherland", "1929-1989", "60 years of struggle" and "We are Russian, God is with us". The reverse depicts the portrait of Czar Nicholas II with inscriptions: "1894-1917" (the dates of his reign), "Only National Assembly will choose the worthy successor" and the denomination "Ruble".  The coins are 38.25mm in diameters. Examples struck in copper, silver and gold were sold to supporters and the public as a fundraiser.  In addition 60 pieces were struck in copper-nickel with an antiqued finish and 28 Essais were struck in antiqued bronze for presentation purposes. The Essai features the czarist eagle obverse on one side and the word Essai in Russian on the other.   These rare presentation coins have not been available to the public until now. 
Item RIUO-1R RUSSIAN IMPERIAL UNION ORDER 1 RUBLE 1989 Copper-Nickel, mintage 60 pieces $80.00
Item RIUO-ESSAI RUSSIAN IMPERIAL UNION ORDER ESSAI 1989, Bronze, mintage only 28 pieces $80.00




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