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NATIONS OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION

A selection of coins from nations that emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union
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CURRENT ARMENIAN COIN SET 

Armenia coin set 10-500 Drams
This six coin set of the current circulating coins of Armenia includes the 2003 dated 20, 50, 100, 200 and bi-metallic 500 Drams and the 2004 10 Dram which was released a year later. Because of inflation, the new higher denomination coins were needed to replace the previous 1994 set, whose value had shrunk to virtually nothing.  The designs are simple, yet attractive..  One side of the coins shows the denomination while the other bears the nations arms.
Item S-AM-SET03 ARMENIA 6 COIN SET 10 - 500 DRAMS 2003-04  (KM112 & KM93-97) BU $12.75


ARMENIA'S FIRST MODERN COINS  

Armenia 7 coin set, 10 Luma - 10 Drams 1994With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 Armenia again emerged as an independent nation after centuries of foreign domination.  In 1994 it issued its first coins as an independent nation in over 500 years!   We are pleased to offer the full set of seven set coins. Included are the 10, 20, 50 Luma, 1, 3, 5, and 10 Dram. The coins are struck in aluminum and are Uncirculated.
Item AM-SET94 ARMENIA 1994 7 COIN SET 10 LUMA - 10 DRAM (KM51-58) UNC. $4.50


SCARCE 1990 ARMENIA MEMORIAL RUBLE & PATTERNS

Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) Memorial Ruble 1990In 1990 the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), also known as Dashnaktsutyun,  issued Memorial Rubles to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of its founding.  At the time Armenia was still under Soviet control and the ARF was in many ways serving as a government in exile to the Armenian community.  The ARF was established in 1890 in Russia. The left-leaning political party advocated a unified, independent Armenia and was instrumental in the creation of the short-lived first Armenian Republic in 1918.  In 1920 the Soviets took over Armenia and exiled the leadership of the ARF. The party became established in the Armenian Diaspora with affiliates in more than 20 nations.  The party holds seats in the parliaments of Armenia, Nagarno-Karabakh and Lebanon.  The obverse of the coin depicts the ARF emblem which features a sword, shovel, quill pen and an arm holding a banner.  The reverse shows the Sardarapat memorial bell tower and Mount Ararat.  At Saradarapt a rag-tag army of Armenians defeated the Ottomans in 1918 and established the first Armenian Republic.  Precious metal versions of the Ruble were sold to collectors to raise funds.  4000 nickel-silver versions of the coin were also struck and distributed to party supporters in Soviet controlled Armenia and the Diaspora community.  We also have available scarce gold plated Proof patterns of the coin.  The patterns feature either the obverse or reverse design of the coin, with the word “pattern” in Russian on the other side.  Only 25 of each of the pattern coins were struck.   We are pleased to offer these scarce coins and patterns that are unknown to most collectors.
Item AM-RUBLE90    ARMENIA - A.R.F. 1 ROUBLE 1990 PROOF $39.50
Item AM-REV-PAT     REVERSE PATTERN OF ARMENIA 1 ROUBLE 1990 (Memorial & Mountain) PROOF $49.50
Item AM-OBV-PAT     OBVERSE PATTERN OF ARMENIA 1 ROUBLE 1990 (ARF Emblem) PROOF $49.50


RECENT COINS OF AZERBAIJAN  

Azerbaijan 2006 coin setIn 2006 Azerbaijan revalued their currency on a 5000 to 1 basis.  The new currency included a series of six undated coins released in 2006. Included is a bi-metallic 50 Qapik featuring oil derrick. The 20 Qapik shows a spiral staircase, the 10 Qapik shows a medieval helmet.  The 5 Qapik pictures the Maiden Tower in Baku. the 3 Qapik a quill pen and ancient texts, the 1 Qapik features traditional  musical instruments. The obverse of each coin has a map of Azerbaijan.
Item S-AZ-SET6 AZERBAIJAN 6 COIN SET 1 - 50 QAPIK (2006) KM39-44 UNC. $12.50



BELARUS FINALLY RELEASES CIRCULATING COINS!    

Belarus 8 coin set: 1 Copeck - 2 Rubles 2009 (released 2016)Though Belarus declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, it did not release its first coins into circulation until July 1, 2016, some 25 years later!  Prior to that time it used paper money in commerce and the only coins were commemoratives that were sold to collectors.  These new coins were struck in 2009, shortly after Belarus broke up their monetary union with Russia.  Due to severe ongoing inflation however, the coins were not released until the 2016 monetary reform.  The monetary reform included a 10,000 to 1 currency revaluation (1 New Ruble = 10,000 old Rubles). This full eight coin set includes the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Copecks, 1 and 2 Rubles.  The coins all feature the Belarus national emblem one side and the denomination and a traditional ornamental design on the other.  The 2 Rubles is a bi-metallic coin with a lettered edge.  The 1 ruble is nickel-plated steel.  The 50, 20 and 10 Copecks are brass-plated steel, and the 5, 2 and 1 Copecks are copper-plated steel.  The coins are dated 2009. They are Uncirculated, from original bank bags, however they may have minor spots or nicks from sitting in storage all these years.
Item BY-SET8 BELARUS 8 COIN SET 1 COPECK - 2 RUBLES, 2009 (2016) UNC out



2014 CRIMEA COIN SET

Crimean coin set: 5, 10, 25 and 100 Rubles. Includes bi-metallicsback of Crimean 2014 coins
The recent conflict between Ukraine and Russia over control of Crimea goes back many years.  In 1783 Catherine the Great made Crimea part of the Russian Empire.  During the Russian civil war the region declared independence and passed between Bolshevik and White Government forces several times, accompanied by a massive slaughter of civilians.  In 1921 it was made an autonomous republic within Russia.  Greeks, Armenians and Bulgarians living in Crimea were forced to leave.   During World War II the area came under German control and the sizeable Jewish population was annihilated.  After the Soviets regained control the entire population of Crimean Tatars, who had at one time made up a majority of the region, were forcibly deported.  Russian families were settled in Crimea to replace them.  In 1954 Crimea was transferred from Russia to Ukraine.  At the time it made little difference, since both were part of the Soviet Union.   After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 Crimea became part of Ukraine.  Russia found its Black Sea fleet and other military installations now located in independent Ukraine rather on its own soil.  A majority of the population of Crimea is Russian, as most other ethnic groups had been “cleansed” from the area.   In February 2014 pro-Russian forces, supported by Moscow, took control over Crimea. A quickly called referendum was held on March 16, with a vast majority voting to join Russia.  On March 17 the newly created Crimean parliament declared independence from Ukraine, and on the following day, Crimea officially became part of Russia.  The transfer has not been widely recognized.   This unofficial four coin set of Crimea includes the 5, 10, 25 and 100 Rubles.  The 25 and 100 Rubles are bi-metallic.  The designs of the 5 and 25 Rubles feature voting, while the 10 and 100 Rubles depict a fist.  The reverse of the all the coins feature the Arms of Crimea. 
CRIMEA CRIMEA 2014 5, 10, 25 & 100 RUBLES, UNC. $39.75


ESTONIA PRE-WORLD WAR II 8 COIN SET

Estonia pre-World War II 8 coin set: 1 Senti - 2 Krooni, 1929-1936
This 8-coin set from Estonia  includes the bronze 1, 2, 5, the nickel-bronze 10, 20, 50 Senti, the aluminum-bronze (brass) 1 Kroon and the silver 2 Krooni dating from 1929 to 1936. The lower six denominations show the denominations on one side. The 1 Kroon features a Viking ship, recalling the countries Viking heritage.  The 2 Krooni shows the Toompea Fortress that overlooks the capital city of Tallinn.  All eight coins show the nations arms which feature three stylized lions.  For those that like ships, we also offer the 1934 1 Kroon depicting the Viking ship separately. 
Item EE-OLDSET8 ESTONIA 8 COIN SET 1 SENTI - 2 KROONI 1929-36 VF out
Item EE-SET3 ESTONIA 3 COIN SET: 1, 2 & 5 SENT 1929-34, VF from above set $12.00



YOUNG DEER ON ESTONIAN COIN 

Estonia 5 Krooni 1993 picturing a deerEstonia issued this 26.2mm brass 5 Krooni in 1993 not long after regaining independence from the Soviet Union.  It commemorates the 75th anniversary of Estonia's initial 1918 Declaration of Independence.  In 1939 the Soviet Union invaded and forciably annexed it into the U.S.S.R.  Germany occupied Estonia during most of World War II.  Estonia finally regained its independence upon the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The coin pictures a young deer on one side and the Estonian arms that feature three stylized lions on the other. The coin catalogs $7.50, however our price is MUCH less.
Item EE-29 ESTONIA 5 KROONI 1993 DEER KM29 BU $3.00



ESTONIA PRE-EURO COIN SET 

Estonia six coin pre-euro set
This six coin set from Estonia includes the 5, 10, 20, 50 Senti, 1 Kroon and 5 Krooni dating from 1991 to 2006. Because Estonia is a relitively small country, not every denomination is issued each year,  In keeping with Estonian coinage tradition, the lower five denominations feature denomination is shown on one side in large numbers and the nations arms consisting of three heraldic lions on the other. The 1994 5 Krooni commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Bank of Estonia.  After Estonia switched to using the Euro on January 1, 2011 the coins were promptly withdrawn from circulation and are now difficult to find. The coins are Uncirculated
Item S-EE-SET6 ESTONIA 6 COIN SET, 5 SENTI - 5 KROONI, 1991-2006  UNC. $7.50


ESTONIAN EURO COIN SET  

Estonia Euro coin set
On January 1, 2011, Estonia issued its first Euro coins. All eight standard Euro coins feature a map of Estonia on one side, and the standard Euro designs featuring maps of Europe on the other.  
Item EE-EUSET ESTONIA 8 COIN EURO SET, 2011 UNC. $15.00



2006 GEORGIA COIN SET INCLUDES A BI-METAL  Back in stock

Georgia 2006 coin set: 50 Thetri, 1 & 2 Lari KM89-91The Republic of Georgia, a small nation, formerly part or the U.S.S.R., is located on the Black Sea between Russia and Turkey.   Georgia is an ancient nation. It recently celebrated it's 3000th Anniversary! Throughout its history it has alternated between periods of independence and dominance by other nations, including the Romans, Persians, Turks, Mongols and Russians.  In 2006  Georgia released three new coins to circulation; a 50 Thetri, 1 Lari and a bimetallic 2 Lari.  The coins all feature the denomination on one side and the Georgia arms and the date on the other.  All three coins are Uncirculated.
Item S-GE-SET3 GEORGIA 3 COIN SET 2006, KM89,90,94 UNC. $8.00



KAZAKHSTAN COIN SET  


current Kazakhstan coin set
Kazakhstan is located along what was the ancient Great Silk Road, connecting China with the Middle East, Europe and Africa.  For thousands of years the areas economy has been centered on nomadic pastoralism across its vast steppe. In recent years petroleum has become a major export.  It has a developed space infrastructure that it inherited from the U.S.S.R. and handles many satellite launches and launches to the International Space Station.  This seven coin set includes the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and bi-metallic 100 Tenge dating from 2000 to 2006.  All coins have the denomination on one side and the Kazakh arms on the other.
Item S-KZ-SET7 KAZAKHSTAN 7 COIN SET 1 - 100 TENGE 2000-06 UNC. $6.50


KAZAKHSTAN CELEBRATES NAURYZ

Kazakhstan 50 Tenge Nauryz, 2012Nauryz, or the Persian New Year, is celebrated on the spring equinox throughout Kazakhstan.  Originally an ancient Zoroastrian holiday, it was suppressed by the Soviet Union.  It has been revived in Kazakhastan as a secular holiday, with a wide range of activities and festivities, including house cleaning, gaudy decorations, rich foods and rock concerts.  A common Nauryz sport is Kokpar, a polo-like game that involves dragging a sheep’s carcass into the opponent’s goal.  This 2012 copper-nickel 50 Tenge coin commemorating Nauryz features dancers and revelers on one side and the Kazak arms on the other.  The coin is 31mm in diameter.
Item KZ-NAURYZ12 KAZAKHSTAN 50 TENGE 2012 NAURYZ, UNC. $5.00


KAZAKHSTAN CELEBRATES "MOTHER'S DAY"

Kazakhstan 50 Tenge 2013 SuyindirSuyindir, or "Mother's Day", is a Kazak tradition, in which a daughter visits her own mother after giving birth.  It is a bonding in which the daughter thanks her mother and her mother agrees to help with the child.  Small gifts are often given to the child (but then most grandmothers can’t resist giving stuff to their grandchild).  This 2013 50 Tenge coin depicts the daughter with her baby visiting her mother.  Both are wearing traditional costumes.  The obverse depicts the Kazak arms.  The 31mm copper-nickel coin was issued as part of an annual series commemorating Kazak holidays and rites.
Item KZ-MOTHER13 KAZAKHSTAN 50 TENGE 2013 MOTHER'S DAY, UNC. $5.00




KYRGYZSTAN SEVEN COIN SET

Kyrgyzstan 7 coin set: 1 Tyin - 10 Som
In January 2008 Kyrgyzstan released its first coins for general circulation.  Its previous coin issues were (expensive) gold and silver Proof coins made for collectors, while paper currency was used for commerce.  The first coins consisted of the nickel clad steel 5, 3 and 1 Som and the brass clad steel 50, 10 and 1 Tyin all dated 2008. The 1 Tyin has a reported mintage of only 100,000 pieces which was not generally released as the face value of the coin greatly exceeded the cost of production.. Recently they released a nickel clad steel 10 Som dated 2009.   All coins have the coat of arms on one side and the denomination on the other.  The coins are Uncirculated and are dated 2008.
Item S-KG-SET7 KYRGYZSTAN 7 COIN SET 1 TYIN - 10 SOM, 2008-09, UNC. $7.50


PRE-EURO LATVIA COIN SET 

Latvia pre-euro coin set: 1 Santims - bi-metallic 2 Lati
This eight coin set includes the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Santimu and 1 Lats bi-metallic 2 Lati dating from 1999 to 2013.  All coins are Uncirculated and feature the Latvian arms on the obverse.  The 2 Lati depicts a cow.  A Salmon is on the 1 Lats.  Three grain sprigs are on the 50 Santimu.  The other denominations feature the denomination on the reverse.  On January 1, 2014 Latvia switched to the Euro and the coins were quickly withdrawn from circulation.
Item S-LV-SET8 LATVIA 8 COIN SET 1 SANTIMS - 2 LATI,  1999-2013 UNC. $19.50

LATVIAN CULTURE CELEBRATED ON 1 LATS

Latvia 1 Lats 2013 KokleLatvia 1 Lats 2012 Charistmas Bells 
Latvia uses their 1 Lat coin to celebrate Latvian culture and wildlife.  The variety of designs has made the series popular with collectors.  The 21.75mm copper-nickel coins feature the Latvian arms and date on one side, and an aspect of Latvian life on the other.  We offer the following Latvian 1 Lats in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.  Each coin has a limited mintage of 1 Million or less.  Christmas is celebrated with Christmas bells on a 2012 coin A kokle, a Latvian string instrument similar to a zither, is on the 2013 1 Lats.   With Latvia scheduled to join the Euro in 2014, the popular series is expected to end soon and the coins will no longer be readily available.
Item LV-13KOKLE LATVIA 1 LATS 2013 KOKLE BU out
Item LV-12BELLS LATVIA 1 LATS 2012 CHRISTMAS BELLS BU $6.00


LATVIA EURO COIN SET  

Latvia 8 coin Euro set: 1 Eurocent - 2 EuroOn January 1, 2014 Latvia became the 18th Euro member to issue coins.  The 8 coin set dated 2014 includes the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Euro cent and the bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro coins.  The obverse designs were all based on previous Latvia coins.  The bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euros featured Milda, the Latvian maiden who appeared on the silver 5 Lati issued from 1929 to 1932. She became a symbol of Latvian independence during the Soviet occupation of Latvia.  The edge of the 2 Euro has the inscription  "DIEVS SVĒTĪ LATVIJU" (God bless Latvia), which appeared on the edge of the silver 5 Lati.  The brass 10, 20 and 50 Eurocent feature the Greater Latvian coat-of-arms, which was used on the silver 1 and 2 Lati issued in the 1920's as well as the 1 and 2 Lati coins issued from 1991 to 2013.  The copper-plated steel 1, 2 and 5 Eurocents depict the Lesser Latvian coat-of-arms which was used on the minor coins of Latvia after it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.  The reverses all utilize the standard Euro designs featuring maps of Europe.
Item LV-EUSET LATVIA 8 COIN EURO SET, 2014 KM150-157 UNC. $13.00




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EARLY DATED SILVER COIN OF POLAND-LITHUANIA

Poland - Lithuania silver 1/2 Grossus (Groschen) of Sigismund II AugustusUntil the 1600's most nations did not put dates on coins. These silver 1/2 Grossus (Groschen) coins of Sigismund II Augustus from the 1500's are some of the earliest affordable coins bearing an AD date.  Sigismund was both the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.  In 1569 he formally united the two countries with the Treaty of Lublin to form the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.  His coins reflect this dual nationality.  One side features his titles as Grand Duke of Lithuania, and Vytas, the White Knight, which is the national symbol of Lithuania.  Below Vytas is the date.  The other side features the Polish Eagle and his titles as King of Poland.  The 19mm silver coins date from 1547 to 1572.  In 1572 Sigsmund died childless, despite having three wives (two of which were first cousins) and carrying on affairs with "two of the most beautiful of his countrywomen".  He was the last of the powerful Jagiellonian dynasty controlled much of central Europe for almost 200 years.
Item PL-LT POLAND-LITHUANIA 1/2 GROSSUS, SIGISMUND II AUGUSTUS 1547-1572 F-VF $29.75
Item PL-LTx5  5 DIFFERENT DATES OF POLAND-LITHUANIA 1/2 GROSSUS 1547-1572 F-VF $129.75


SCARCE 1936 BRONZE COINS OF LITHUANIA

Lithuania bronze 1, 2 and 5 Centai 1936 KM79-81In 1936 Lithuania issued three bronze coins, the 1, 2 and 5 Centas.  It was their first coin issue in eleven years.  The coins depict Vytis, the “white knight” on one side and the denomination on the other. 
Item LT-SET36 LITHUANIA 1, 2 & 5 CENTAI 1936 KM79-81 VF-XF $30.00



LITHUANIA'S PRE-EURO COINS   

Lithuania coin set
The Litas was introduced in 1991, after Lithuania gained independence from the Soviet Union.  This 9 coin set includes the bi-metallic 5 and 2 Litas, the copper-nickel 1 Litas, the nickel-bras 50, 20 and 10 Centu and the aluminum 1, 2 and 5 Centai were issued only a single year: 1991. All nine coins feature Vytas, the white knight, on the obverse and the denomination on the reverse.  Vytas has been the Lithuanian state emblem since the 14th century.  The coins were withdrawn from circulation after Lithuania switched to the Euro on January 1, 2015.
Item S-LT-SET9 LITHUANIA 9 COIN SET 1 CENTAS - 5 LITAI, 1991-2013 BU $12.00


LITHUANIAN 2012 BIMETALLICS HONOR RESORT TOWNS 

Lithuania set of 4 2 Litai Resort Town circulating commemorative coinsCommon obverse to Lithuania 2 Litai features Vytas the white knight.
In 2012 Lithuania released four circulating commemorative coins honoring four of their resort towns: Birstonas, Druskininkai, Neringa and Palanga.  Each coin depicts the town’s arms on one side and features Vytas, the white knight, who is Lithuania’s national emblem.  Birstonas is a town of about 3000 people that is noted for its mineral water. Druskininkai is a spa town in the southern part of the country.  While Lithuania was part of the Soviet Union it would attract some 400,000 visitors a year from the Soviet Union.  With the collapse of the Soviet Union it has faced difficult economic times due to the lack of Soviet tourists.  Neringa is a municipality on the Baltic Sea separated from the rest of Lithuania by the Curonian Lagoon.  It is accessible from Lithuania only by ferry.  Though it has a population of less than 3000, it attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every summer.   Palanga is a popular seaside resort town on the Baltic Sea with a population of about 18,000.    Lithuania hopes the coins will boost tourism in the towns by spreading knowledge of the resorts around the world.  I must admit, until now, I did not know of any resorts in Lithuania.   The bi-metallic coins are 25mm in diameter and have a mintage of 100,000 each.
Item LT-SET12 LITHUANIA SET OF 4 RESORT TOWN 2 LITAI COINS, 2012 UNC. $19.75




LITHUANIAN EURO COIN SET 

Lithuania 8 coin Euro set: 1 Eurocent - 2 EuroLithuania officially converts to the Euro as their currency on January 1, 2015.   Their 8 coin set includes the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Euro cent and the bi-metallic 1 and 2 Euro coins.  All eight coins feature Vytis, the white knight, which is the national symbol of Lithuania and has appeared on the coins of Lithuania for hundreds of years. 
Item LT-EUSET LITHUANIA 8 COIN EURO SET, 2015-2017 UNC. $13.00




NEW2017-18 MOLDOVA SET INCLUDES NEW TYPES

Moldova 5 coin set: 5 Bani - 2 Lei 2017-2018This 5 coin set from Moldova includes the 2017 5, 10 and 25 Bani and the new 2018 1 and 2 Lei.  The three lower denominations are aluminum and have the national arms on one side and the denomination and date on the other. The new nickel-plated steel 1 and 2 Lei feature designs that look like they came from an old hippie pad.  The 1 Leu features a female faced crescent moon and part of an aurochs's head.  The 2 Leu features a male faced sun and part of an auroch's head.  The reverses include the denomination, a latent image and images from small portions of the coat-of-arms. 
Item S-MD-SET18 MOLDOVA 5 COIN SET 5 BANI - 2 LEI, 2017-18 UNC. $4.50



Nagarno-Karabakh coin setNAGARNO-KARABAKH COIN SET

 Nagorno-Karabakh is an ethnically Armenian enclave of Azerbaijan. With the support of the Armenian government it declared itself independent from Azerbaijan in 1992. It is a de facto independent state, with all the usual functions of government, though its independence has not been widely recognized.  This attractive seven coin set of Nagarno-Karabakh is dated 2004 and  features native wildlife and cultural icons.  The two aluminum 50 Luma coins feature a horse and a leaping antelope.  The three aluminum 1 Luma a wildcat, a pheasant and St. Gregory the illuminator, the nations Patron Saint. He converted Armenia to Christianity in 301AD, making it the first Christian nation.  The two aluminum-bronze 5 Dram coins feature the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in the town of Shushi the Stone Head Monument.  The monument featuring the stone heads of an old man and a woman has become a symbol for the nation.  The reverse of all seven coins features the nations arms.
Item S-NAG-SET NAGARNO-KARABAKH 7 COIN SET, 2004,(KM6-12) UNC. $6.00


COINS OF SOUTH OSSETIA


South Ossetia 8 coin set, 1 Kopeck - 10 Rubles, 2013Common obverse of South Ossetia coins depicts coat-of-arms
SOUTH OSSETIA
The country of Georgia declared its independence in 1991 upon the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Shortly after that  South Ossetia declared their independence from Georgia, with the help of Russia.  Georgia and Russia went to war over the region in 2008.  Georgia was swiftly defeated and the two regions now have de-facto independence, though it is not widely recognized outside of Russia.   The tiny region is heavily dependent upon neighboring Russia and uses Russian currency.  This unofficial 2013 eight-coin set for South Ossetia includes a bimetallic 10, 5 and 2 Rubles, nickel-plated steel 1 Ruble, 50 and 10 Kopecks and copper-plated steel 5 and 1 Kopeck.  The obverse features the regions arms and the date. The reverse of each coin depicts a different native animal. 
Item OSSETIA SOUTH OSSETIA 8 COIN SET, 1 KOPECK - 10 RUBLES 2013, UNC. $29.75


TAJIKISTAN'S FIRST COIN SET

Tajikistan coin set
Though Tajikistan gained its independence upon the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, it did not issue its first coins until ten years later.  Instead it relied on paper money.  This 8 coin set includes the 1, 3 and 5 Somoni coins dated 2001 and the 5, 10, 20, 25 and 50 Drams dated 2006.
Item S-TJ-SET8 FULL SET OF 8 TAJIKISTAN COINS 5 DIRAMS - 5 SOMS, (KM2.2 - 9) AU-UNC. $17.00


ONLY CIRCULATING "COINS" OF TATARSTAN

Tartarstan tokens: 1 Kilo bread, 10 Liters Petrol, 20 Liters petrolTatarstan is an autonomous republic within the Russian Federation. Upon the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990 it announced its sovereignity, which was approved in a referendum in 1992. The Russian Constitutitutional Court declared the referendum unconstitutional and in 1994 a treaty was signed formally making Tatarstan a part of the Russian Republic.  In 1993 Tatarstan issued three undated metal circulating ration tokens in an effort to deal with widespread shortages of necessities. A bronze token picturing wheat stalks was good for 1 Kilo of bread.  Two tokens were issued for Gasoline (petrol), a bronze token that was good for 10 Liters of gasoline, and a copper-nickel token that was good for 20 Liters of gasoline.  Both had exactly the same design featuring an oil well  and were the same size.  The 10 Liters token was soon withdrawn as criminals would nickel-plate it and pass it off as a 20 Liter token. The obverse of all three tokens feature the Söyembikä Tower in Kazan and the name of the country in Cyrillic.  The bread and and 10 Liters Petrol token are Uncirculated. The 20 Liters token grades Extra Fine.   All three coins are scarce today.
Item TATARSTAN TATARSTAN 3 TOKEN SET: KM TN1-3  XF-UNC. $39.50



TRANSNISTRIA ISSUES FIRST CIRCULATING PLASTIC COINS  

Transdniestra plastic composite coins   Backs of Transdniestra plastic composite coins
In August 2014 Transnistria (Trans-dniester, Transdniestra, etc.)  released the first circulating plastic coins issued by a national government.  Each of the four composite plastic coins is a different color and a different shape.    The coins issued are the round yellow-brown 1 Ruble depicting General Alexander Suvorov.  The square green 3 Rubles portrays F. P. De Volan.  The blue 5 Rubles is five-sided and depicts Count Pyotr Rumyantsev.  Russian Empress Catherine the Great is on the six-sided pink 10 Rubles. The logo of the Trans-Dniester Republican Bank and the date is repeated across the reverse of each of the coins.  The coins are 26mm to 28mm in diameter luminance when exposed to infrared or ultraviolet rays. It is an interesting and highly unusual coin set.
Item TRNS-PLASTIC TRANSDNIESTRA SET OF 4 COMPOSITE PLASTIC COINS, 1 - 10 RUBLES 2014 UNC. $7.50



CITIES OF TRANSNISTRIA

Transdniestra set of 8 cities 1 Rouble coins, 2014
Transistria also known as Transdniestra is a break-away region of eastern Moldova that is supported by Russia.  In 2014 it issued a series of eight 1 Ruble coins honoring the cities of Transistria.  The 22mm nickel-clad steel coins depict the national arms on the obverse.  The reverses depict the name of the city, a major landmark and the year the city was founded.  The following towns are honored.  Bender, founded in 1408 features the Bendery Fortress.  The 16th century Ottoman fortress was an active Russian army base until just a few years ago. Rybnitsa, founded in 1628 is the home of a major steel plant which accounts for a substantial portion of Tranistria’s Gross Domestic Product.  The coin depicts the steel plant.   Camenca, founded in 1654, has a population of less than 8000.  The coin features the towns House of Culture.  The monument of Alexander Suvorov on horseback and the outline of the Tiraspol fortress is on the coin for Tiraspol which was founded in 1792.  Suvorov was a famed 18th Century Russian military commander, Count of the Holy Roman Empire, Prince of Italy, and the last Generalissimo of the Russian Empire.  The Grigoriopol issue, founded in 1792, depicts the Ascension Cathedral.  Dubossary founded in 1795, features the Dubossary dam and hydroelectric power plant.  Slobozia, also known as Slobodzeya was founded in 1863.  The coin features a statue of farmers.  Dnestrovsc was a company town founded in 1961 to support a large power plant.  The coin depicts a statue of Prometheus in the city center and power lines.  The coins have a mintage of only 50,000 each and are difficult for collectors to find.
Item TRNS-CITY TRANISTRIA SET OF EIGHT 1 RUBLE CITIES COINS 2014 UNC. $22.00


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FIRST COINS OF TURKMENISTAN COINS FEATURES STRONGMAN  Restocked

Turkmenistan 1993 coin set, 1-50 Tennesi KM1-5

These first coins of Turkmenistan  feature the bust of President  Saparmurat Atayevich Niyazov  (Nyyazow).  Niyazov, a former communist technocrat, declared himself President for Life soon after Turkmenistan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.  He strongly repressed any potential opposition and created a personality cult, going so far as to rename the months and days of the week after himself.  The five coin set consists of the 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Tennesi, all dated 1993.
Item S-TM-SET93 TURKMENISTAN 5 COIN SET 1993 1-50 TENNESI KM1-5 UNC. $6.00




NEWATTRACTIVE WORLD WAR I ERA UKRAINE NOTE

Ukraine 1000 Kabovantsiv (1918) P35
This attractive, large (191x120mm), 1000 Karbovantsiv note was issued in 1918 during Ukraine's brief period of independence following the collapse of Czarist Russia during World War I.  The undated note features two allegorical women and the emblem of the Ukrainian People's Republic, which is still used by Ukraine today.  In 1920, after two years of civil wars and foreign intervention, Ukraine was forcibly incorporated into the Soviet Union.
Item PM-UA-1000K UKRAINE 1000 KARBOVANTSIV (1918) P35 XF-AU $35.00



UKRAINE'S FIRST COMMEMORATIVE COIN

Ukraine 200000 Karbovantsiv 1995 Bohdan Khmeinytsky Monument, KM9Though Ukraine declared independence in 1991, it did not issue its first commemorative coins until 1995.  The first was the 1995 200,000 Karbovantsiv commemorating the 400th anniversary of the birth of Bohdan Khmeinytsky.  In 1648, after his family’s estate was seized by a corrupt local official, Bohdan Khmeinytsky led a successful revolt against the Polish-Lithuanian Kingdom that controlled Ukraine.  He created and led the first independent Ukrainian Cossack state. In 1654, faced with continued military pressure from the Polish-Lithuanians and the Crimean Tatars, he formed a "union" with Russia.  There seemed to be considerable disagreement of what the union entailed. Russia used the "union" to eventually absorb and abolish the Ukraine state.  One side of the 33mm copper-nickel coin features the Bohdan Khmeinytsky monument in Kiev and Khmeinytsky’s birth and death dates. The other side has the Ukrainian arms.  The coin was minted at the Moscow mint, has a mintage of 250,000 pieces and is Proof-like.
Item UA-BOHDAN UKRAINE 200,000 KARBOVANTSIV 1995 BOHDAN KHMEINYTSKY KM9 PROOF-LIKE $8.00


UKRAINE HONORS THE UNITED NATIONS

Ukraine 200,000 Kaarbovantsiv 1995 KM15 50th Anniversary of United NationsUkraine commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations with this 38.6mm copper-nickel 200,000 Karbovantsiv coin.  The coin is dated 1995, which is the anniversary year, but was not issued until March 1996.  The attractive coin was struck at the British Royal Mint as Ukraine had not yet established its own mint.  The coin features a globe of national flags surrounding the United Nations 50th Anniversary emblem and the legend “NATIONS UNITED FOR PEACE” in English and Ukrainian. The obverse depicts Ukraine national emblem.  The coin has a mintage of just 100,000 pieces and is Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item UA-UN UKRAINE 200,000 KARBOVANTSIV 1995 UNITED NATIONS, KM15 BU $9.00





UKRAINE CELEBRATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD WAR II Restocked

Ukraine 200,000 Karbovantsiv 1995 commemorating The Great Patriotic WarOne of the first coins Ukraine issued after obtaining independence from the Soviet Union was this 1995 200,000 Karbovantsiv commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. Ukraine suffered greatly during the war, both under Stalin and Hitler. An estimated 10 Million citizens died during the war. The coin depicts a young woman in native attire placing flowers in Sophia Square in Kiev. St. Sophia cathedral and the Bohdan Khmelnytsky monument are in the background. The obverse bears the national arms. The 33mm copper-nickel coin has a mintage of 250,000 pieces and is Proof-Like.
Item UA-2KK-WWII UKRAINE 200,000 KARBOVANTSIV 1995 WORLD WAR II KM10.2 PROOF-LIKE $8.00


ATTRACTIVE WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVE FROM UKRAINE

Ukraine 200,000 Karbovantsiv 1994 Kiev World War II Commemorative KM13Commom obverse to Ukraine 1994 WWII commemorative 200,000 Karbovantsiv coins
Ukraine suffered greatly during World War II, both under Stalin and Hitler.  An estimated 10 Million citizens died during the war.  Monuments were constructed in cities that suffered during the war. Some of the first commemorative coins issued by Ukraine depict these monuments and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the war.   The Kiev issue features the monument and a panoramic view of the city.  It has a mintage of 100,000 pieces.   The 200,000 Karbovantsiv coin dated 1995, 33mm in diameter and struck in copper-nickel. The reverses depict the Ukrainian arms.  The coin is Proof-like..
Item UA-KIEV UKRAINE 200,000 KARBOVANTSIV 1995 WWII-KIEV KM13 PROOF-LIKE  $8.00



UKRAINE COIN SET   

Ukraine coin set
This set includes the seven denominations that Ukraine has issued for its regular circulation coinage.  Included is the 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50 Kopiyok dating from 1992 to 2003. One side of the coins features the Ukraine arms and the date, while the other shows the denomination.    All seven coins are Uncirculated,
Item S-UA-SET7 UKRAINE 7 COIN SET, 1 KOPIYKA - 1 HRYVNIA  1992-2003 UNC. $7.00



UKRAINE 2012 EUROPEAN SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP COIN

Ukraine 1 Hryvnia Euro2012 SoccerUkraine, one of the two hosts for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (also called EURO 2012) issued this circulating commemorative 2012 1 Hryvnia honoring the event.  National soccer teams from 24 European nations will be competing in the event, which takes place in June 2012.  The reverse of the 26mm aluminum-bronze coin features the EURO 2012 logo, which features flowers and a soccer ball.   The denomination, date and country name is on the obverse.
Item UA-EURO12 UKRAINE 1 HRYVNIA EURO2012 SOCCER $4.00



NEW 2018 COINS OF UZBEKISTAN

Uzbekistan 2018 coin set: 50, 100, 200 & 500 SomUzbekistan recently released four new nickel-plated steel 2018 dated coins.  The 500 Som depicts the Palace of Conventions, also called Palace of International Forums  (Anjumanlar Saroyi), which was built in 2009 in Tashkent.  The 200 Som depicts the sun rising over a tiger.  The design is taken from a 17th century mosaic on the Sher-Dor Madrasah at the Registan in Samarkand.  The 100 Som depicts the Independence and Goodness monument in Tashkent.  The denomination and native designs are featured on the 50 Som. The Uzbek national emblem and date is on the obverse of each of the coins.
Item UZBEK18 UZBEKISTAN 4 COIN SET 50 - 500 SOM, 2018 BU $6.00


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