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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




2012 ARMENIA COIN SET HONORS ARMENIAN REGIONS Restocked

Armenia set of 11 Regions 50 Dram
Armenia recently released a set of eleven 50 Dram coins dated 2012.  Each coin honors a different administrative region of Armenia and feature designs related to Armenia's rich culture. The 21.5mm brass-plated steel coins have a mintage of only 60,000 pieces each.  The coins, as pictured are: Common obverse, Caucasian Goat for Vayots Dzor region, Khor Virap monastery and the Ararat Mountains for the Ararat region, David Sasoun statue in front of the Yerevan Railroad station in Yerevan, the  Byurakan Observatory in the Aragatsotn region, the Sardarapat monument for the Armavir region, a horse and carriage for the Shirak region, the Syunik gates for the Syunik region, the ancient Greek Temple of Garni in the Kotayk region, the Haghpat monestary of the Lori region, the  Sevan Peninsula in the Gegharkuniq region, and the Tavush fortress of Tavush region.  All eleven coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item AM-SET2012 ARMENIA SET of 11 REGIONAL 50 DRAMS 2012, KM212-222 BU $29.50


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




NEWBELARUS 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 $9.75


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 $70.00
NEWItem EE-SET3 ESTONIA 3 COIN SET: 1, 2 & 5 SENT 1929-34, VF from above set $12.00
Item EE-1KR ESTONIA 1 KROON 1934 VIKING SHIP KM34 VF from above set $15.00


ESTONIA PRE-EURO COIN SET 

Estonia coin 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 1993 5 Krooni depicts a young deer and commemorates the 75th anniversary of Estonia's original 1918 Declaration of Independence.  Now that Estonia has joined the Euro, the coins are getting difficult to find. The coins are Uncirculated
Item S-EE-SET6ESTONIA 6 COIN SET, 5 SENTI - 5 KROONI, 1991-2006  UNC. $7.50

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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





CUTE HEDGEHOG ON KAZAKHSTAN COIN

Kazakhstan 50 Tenge 2013 HedgehogA cute hedgehog is featured on both sides of this 2013 Kazakhstan 50 Tenge coin.   One side displays the face of the hedgehog staring out at you.  The other features the hedgehog curled up in a ball.  The coin is 31mm in diameter and is brilliant Uncirculated.
Item KZ-50T-HHOG13 KAZAKHSTAN 50 TENGE 2013 HEDGEHOG BU $5.00


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SPACE COINS FROM KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakhstan 50 Tenge 2014 Buran Space ShuttleKazakhstan 50 Tenge 2015 Venera-10 Venus space missionCommon "star man" obverse on Kazakhstan 50 Tenge space coin serie
Kazakhstan was the home of the Soviet Union’s space exploration program.  It recently released two 50 Tenge coins commemorating major achievements of the Soviet space program. The 2014 dated issue features the Buran space shuttle.  Buran completed one unmanned orbital flight in 1988, launching from and landing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  The Buran program was discontinued after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.  The spacecraft was destroyed when the hanger in which it was stored at the Baikonur Cosmodrome collapsed in 2002 due to improper maintenance.  Also released is a 2015 dated issue commemorating the Venera 10 mission to Venus.  The coin depicts the Venera spacecraft, which consisted of an orbiter and  a probe which landed on the surface of Venus, sending back pictures and data. The obverse of both coins features the “star man”, symbolizing the unity of human being with the world and the connection between the past and present.  The 31mm copper-nickel coins have a mintage of 100,000 pieces each and are Uncirculated.
Item KZ-BURAN14 KAZAKHSTAN 50 TENGE 2014 BURAN SPACE SHUTTLE, UNC. out
Item KZ-VENERA15 KAZAKHSTAN 50 TENGE 2015 VENERA-10 VENUS MISSION, UNC. $4.00




FIRST CIRCULATING COINS OF KYRGYZSTAN 

Kyrgyzstan 2008 coin set: 1 Tyin - 5 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 six coin set consists of the nickel clad steel 5, 3 and 1 Som and the brass clad steel 50, 10 and 1 Tyin.  The 1 Tyin has a reported mintage of only 100,000 pieces which were reserved for sale to collectors, while the other five coins entered general circulation.  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-SET08 KYRGYZSTAN 6 COIN SET 1 TYIN - 5 SOM, 2008, UNC. $7.50

OLD LATVIAN SILVER COIN  Restocked

Latvia silver 1 Lats 1924 KM7 Latvia gained its freedom for the first time in hundreds of years following the collapse of Czarist Russia in 1918. Latvia's freedom - and its coinage - turned out to be short lived. In 1940, after the signing of a secret pact between Stalin and Hitler, Soviet troops occupied the country and annexed it into the Soviet Union. Latvia would not again regain its independence until the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. We offer this attractive and historic silver coin issued during Latvia’s short period of independence. The silver 1 Lats is dated 1924. It features the Latvian arms supported by a lion and a griffon on one side and the denomination on the other. The 23mm coin contains .1342 grams of silver.
Item LV-1L LATVIA 1 LATS 1924 KM7 VF $9.00




LAST PRE- WORLD WAR II COINS OF LATVIA

Latvia 1 and 2 Santims 1937-1939, KM10, KM11.2These are the last two coins issued by Latvia before it was incorporated into the Soviet Union under a secret pact between Hitler and Stalin.  The set includes the bronze 1 and 2 Santimi.  The 2 Santimi is dated 1939.  The 1 Santims was issued from 1937 to 1939.  The coins feature the denomination within ears of grain on one side and the arms within a wreath of oak leaves on the other.  Because of the Soviet invasion in 1940, most of the coins were never released into circulation.
Item LV-SET2 LATVIA 1 & 2 SANTIMS 1937-1939 KM10, 11.2 XF $18.00

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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 $6.00
Item LV-12BELLS LATVIA 1 LATS 2012 CHRISTMAS BELLS BU $6.00

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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 UNC. $15.00



NEWOLD SILVER COINS OF LITHUANIA HONOR HEROES

Lithuania silver 10 Litu, 1936 Vytautas the Great KM83Lithuania silver 5 Latai 1936 KM82
In 1936 Lithuania struck a pair of silver coins honoring its heroes of independence.  The 10 Litu pictured Grand Duke Vytautas the Great.  Vytautas ruled Lithuania from 1392 to 1430.  He defeated the Teutonic Knights and greatly expanded the realm from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. The coin has a mintage of only 720,000.  The 32mm coin contains 16 grams of .750 fine silver with an actual silver weight of .4312 troy ounces.  The 5 Litai shows Dr. Jonas Basanavicius.  Dr. Basanavicius was a physician, writer and the leader of Lithuania's independence movement from 1905 until Lithuania gained independence from Russia in 1918. The independence was to be short-lived however. In 1940 Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union. It did not regain its independence until the collapse of the U.S.S.R. in 1991. The 27mm coin contains 9 grams of .750 fine silver for an actual silver weight of .2156 troy ounces.  The reverse of both coins shows Vytis, the "white knight" on horseback.  Grand Duke Vytautas used the symbol of Vytis when he went into battle.  Vytis has appeared on Lithuanian coins since the middle ages and still appears on Lithuanian coins and notes today.  This is an opportunity to obtain these two historic silver coins of Lithuania that were issued only a single year during Lithuanias brief period of independence between the World Wars.
Item LT-5L36 LITHUANIA 5 LITAI KM82 1936 XF $20.00
Item LT-10L36 LITHUANIA 10 LITU 1936 KM83 XF $35.00



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


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




MOLDOVA COIN SET

Moldova coin setFor centuries Moldova was divided and controlled by the Romanians, Russians and Turks.  It finally achieved full independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.  This set of five Moldovan coins includes the aluminum 1, 5, 10 and 25 Bani and the aluminum-bronnzze 50 Bani dating from 1993 to 2001 in Uncirculated condition.   The coins bear the Moldova arems on one side and the denomination on the other.
Item S-MD-SET5MOLDOVA 5 COIN SET 1-50 BANI UNC.$3.50
 

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. $5.00



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




TRANSDNIESTRA COIN SET 

Transdniestra Coin Set
Transdniestra, also known as Transnistria or Dniestr Republic, is a break-away region of Moldova.  It's largely Russian population declared themselves independent of Moldova during the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.  Their independence was supported by the Russian Army.  Though the country has not gained international recognition, it has its own government, army, stamps and currency.  This set includes the first four coins issued by Transistria, the 1, 5, 10 and 50 Kopeek dated 2000. Also included is the aluminum-bronze (brass) 25 Kopeek which was first issued in 2002.  One side of the coins shows the nations coat-of-arms which features the old soviet hammer & sickle.  The other side bears the denomination.  All coins are Uncirculated.
Item S-TRNS-SET5TRANSDNIESTRA SET OF 5 COINS, 2000-2002 UNC.$4.00

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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



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


NEWUKRAINE'S FIRST OLYMPIC COMMEMORATIVE

Ukraine 200,000 Karbovantsiv 1996 Atlanta Olympics KM23Ukraine issued their first Olympic commemorative in 1996 to commemorate their first ever paticipation in a Summer Olympics as an independent nation. The 200,000 Karbovantsiv coin commemorates the the XXVI Summer Olympic games held in Atlanta in 1996.   The reverse of the 33mm "german silver" (copper-nickel) coin features a profile of a young woman with a flower wreath within an octogon. It is a symbolic image of Ukraine taken from a 1918 Ukrainian banknote.   Above there are figures of five ancient athletes, underneath are the figures of five modern sportsmen.  To the right is the emblem of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine.  To the left is "Atlanta" in Ukrainian and XXVI.  The obverse features the Ukraine national emblem, date and denomination.  The coin was issued with a Proof-like finish and has a mintage of 100,000 pieces.
Item UK-OLY96 UKRAINE 200,000 KARBOVANTSIV 1996 ATLANTA OLYMPICS KM23 PROOF-LIKE $6.00



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 1 Hryvnia 2005 World War II VictoryUKRAINE CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF WWII VICTORY

As many as 10 Million Ukrainians lost their lives during World War II.  Ukraine keeps their memory alive with commemorative coins. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of victory in World War II Ukraine issued this circulating commemorative 1 Hryvnia.  The 2005 dated 26mm aluminum-bronze coin depicts soldiers returning from battle between searchlight beams which form a V.  The standard 1 Hryvnia obverse is used. 
Item UA-1H-VICT UKRAINE 1 HRYVNIA 2005 WWII VICTORY KM228 UNC. $4.00


UZBEKISTAN'S FIRST COINS   Restocked

Uzbekistan coin set
Uzbekistan gained its independence with the collapse of the U.S.S.R. in 1991.  In 1994 they issued their first coins. This six coin set are the first issues by the new nation. Included are the 1, 3, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Tyin.  The coins feature the nations arms on one side and the denomination on the other.
Item S-UZ-SET6 UZBEKISTAN 1994 6 COIN SET UNC. (KM1-6) $5.00



UZBEKISTAN CELEBRATES THEIR CURRENCY

Uzbekistan 100 Som 2004, 10th Anniversary of currency KM17In 2004 Uzbekistan issued this 27mm nickel-plated steel 100 Som coin commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Uzebekistan’s national currency, the Som, which was introduced on July 1, 1994. At the time it took 25 Som to equal 1 U.S. Dollar.  It now takes over 2000 Som to equal 1 U.S. Dollar .  The coin features the sun shining on a map of the country on one side and the national arms on the other. The coin catalogs $15.00, however our price is MUCH less.
Item UZ-17 UZBEKISTAN 100 SOM 2004 10th ANNIVERSARY. OF CURRENCY, KM17 BU $5.00



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