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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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2012 ARMENIA COIN SET HONORS ARMENIAN REGIONS

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


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

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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




CAT ON COLORED SILVER BELARUS HOUSE WARMING COIN

Belarus 20 Roubles 2008 Houswarming cat coin A cat, a traditional sign of a Belarusian housewarming, is featured on this 2008 Proof sterling silver 20 Rouble coin from Belarus. Above the cat is the coat-or-arms, below are traditional symbols of sun, fire & hearth, and family. The reverse features an open window and a gold-colored key to the house with the inscription "НАВАСЕЛЛЕ" (House-warming) at the bottom. The Proof coin is 38.6mm in diameter and contains 1 troy ounce of pure silver.  It has a mintage of only 25,000 pieces and was struck by the The Mint of Poland. The coin comes in a capsule.  It makes a unique gift for cat lovers or for a house-warming.
BY-CAT BELARUS SILVER 20 ROUBLE 2008, KM190 HOUSEWARMING CAT, PROOF $48.00


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


NEWESTONIA 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
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 ITS EXPLOITS IN SPACE

Kazakhstan 50 Tenge 2006 Space ManKazakhstan 50 Tenge 2007 SputnikKazakhstan 50 Tenge 2008 VostokKazakhstan 50 Tenge 2009 Soyuz-Apollo joint space flightKazakhstan 50 Tenge 2010 Lunokhod-1 Lunar vehicleKazakhstan 50 Tenge 50th Anniversary of First Manned Space Flightcommon obverse for Kazakhstan 50 Tenge space coins
Kazakhstan was the home of the Soviet Union's space program.  Each year they issue a copper-nickel 50 Tenge coin commemorating an important event in the Soviet Space program. The coins are 31mm in diameter and have a common obverse that depicts a man reaching for the stars. The 2006 issue, the first in the series, depicts an astronaut floating in space and the solar system.   The 2007 issue commemorated the 50th anniversary of Sputnik, the first successful satellite to be launched into orbit.  The launch kicked off the "Space Race" between the United States and the U.S.S.R..  The 2008 issue depicts Vostok, the capsule that carried Yuri Gagarin, making him the first man to fly in space and orbit the earth.   The  2009 issue commemorates the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.  The project involved the joining of a Soviet Soyuz space capsule that was launched from Kazakhstan to an American Apollo capsule in space.  The project symbolized the warming of relations between the two cold war powers and conducted a number of scientific experiments.  It was the last manned space launch for the United States until the launch of the Space Shuttle in 1981. The coin features the two spacecraft joined in space orbiting the earth. The 2010 issue commemorates the 40th anniversary of Lunukhod-1, the Soviet Union's lunar rover that was launched in 1970.  Lunokhod-1 operated for approximately 11 months, traveling over 10 kilometers, sending back thousands of images as well as doing soil tests and other research. It was 2.3 meters long (7 feet, 7 inches).  During the cold lunar night it would close up into a protective shell and hibernate.   The coin depicts Lunukhod on the surface of the moon with the earth rising overhead.   The 2011 issue commemorates the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's first manned space flight.  The flight was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The coin depicts Gagarin, the Vostok rocket and Vostok capsule in orbit. It is an interesting and historic series that is popular with collectors.
Item KZ-SP06 KAZAKHSTAN 50 TENGE 2006 SPACE MAN UNC. out
Item KZ-SP07 KAZAKHSTAN 50 TENGE 2007 SPUTNIK UNC. out
Item KZ-SP08 KAZAKHSTAN 50 TENGE 2008 VOSTOK BU $6.00
Item KZ-SP09 KAZAKHSTAN 50 TENGE 2009 APOLLO-SOYUZ UNC. out
Item KZ-SP10 KAZAKHSTAN 50 TENGE 2010 LUNOKHOD-1  UNC. out
 Item KZ-SP11 KAZAKHSTAN 50 TENGE 2011 YURI GAGARIN SPACE FLIGHT UNC out


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-NAURYZ 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-MOTHER KAZAKHSTAN 50 TENGE 2013 MOTHER'S DAY, UNC. $5.00


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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

NEWPRE-WORLD WAR II LATVIA COIN SET

Latvia 8 coin set 1 Santims - 2 Lats 1922-1935This pre World War II 8 coin set from Latvia includes the bronze 1, 2 and 5 Santimi, the nickel 10, 20 and 50 Santimu and the silver 1 and 2 Lati. The 1 Lat is dated 1924.  It is 23mm in diameter, weights 5 grams and contains .1342 troy ounces of silver. The silver 2 Lati was struck only 2 years; 1925 and 1926. The 27mm coin contains .2684 grams of silver. The 5, 10, 20 and 50 Santimi were minted only one year: 1922.  All of the coins feature the Latvian coat-of-arms on the obverse. The 50 Santimu depict a Latvian at the tiller of a boat on the reverse.  The other denominations have the denomination on the obverse. The coins date from 1922 to 1935 and grade VF or better.  The two silver coins are also available separately.
Item LV-OLDSET8 LATVIA 8 COIN SET 1 SANTIMS-2 LATS 1922-1935 KM1-8 VF $50.00
Item LV-1L LATVIA 1 LATS 1924 KM7 from the above set VF $9.00
Item LV-2L LATVIA 2 LATI 1925-26 KM8 from the above set VF $19.50


NEWLAST 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


NEWRARE LATVIAN LEGATION TRIAL STRIKES AND PATTERNS


Latvia 1 Trojas Unce common obverse, Golden BronzeLatvia 1988 statue with corrected "Tevzemei" spelling, Golden BronzeLatvia Golden Bronze with "Tevzemej" spelling errorLatvia 1989 ship, Nickel-Silver (copper-nickel alloy)
The Latvian Legation in Washington DC served as the official diplomatic representtative of the Latvian Republic after it was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940.  It acted as the Latvian government in exile and was recognized by the United States, Canada, Great Britain and many other countries, until Latvia regained its independence in 1991.  After Latvia regained independence the Legation became the official Latvian embassy to the United States. In the late 1980s the Legation authorized two 38.25mm coins denominated as 1 Trojas Unce.  The coins were issued in a variety of metals using two basic designs.  The 1988 issue commemorated the 70th anniversary of Latvian independence and depicts the Latvian Monument to Freedom in Riga. There are two varieties of the 1988 issue; one has the legend misspelled “TEVZEMEJ” and the other is the corrected version spelled “TEVZEMEI”.    The 1989 issue commemorated the 350th anniversary of Latvians arriving in America and depicts a sailing ship.  Both issues have the Latvian arms on the obverse.  The trial strikes have a blank reverse.  The patterns are like the regular coins, however are struck in different metals.  A very limited number of trial strikes and patterns were made in various metals with both plain and reeded edges.  We were fortunate enough to obtain examples of some of these very rare items from a gentleman who was involved with the design and minting of the coins.  Most have mintages of only 10 or 20 pieces and are not listed in most catalogs.
UNIFACE PROOF TRIAL STRIKES (BLANK REVERSE):
Item Item LVL-1 LATVIAN ARMS, Golden Bronze, Plain edge, Mintage 10 $85.00
Item Item LVL-2 LATVIAN ARMS, Golden Bronze, Reeded edge, Mintage 10 $85.00
Item Item LVL-3 LATVIAN ARMS, Gold plated, Reeded edge, Mintage 10 $75.00
Item Item LVL-SET4 LATVIAN ARMS, SET OF 4: Golden Bronze, Gold plated, nickel-silver & copper with reeded edges in hard plastic holder. 10 sets maximum possible. $305.00
Item Item LVL-5 STATUE, 1988, corrected legend, Golden Bronze, Reeded edge, Mintage 10 $75.00
Item Item LVL-6 STATUE, 1988, corrected legend, Gold Plated, Reeded edge, Mintage 10 $85.00
Item Item LVL-7 STATUE with “TEVZEMEJ” spelling error 1988, Gold Plated, plain edge, Mintage 20 $85.00
Item Item LVL-8 SHIP, 1989 Golden Bronze, Reeded edge, Mintage 10 $85.00
Item Item LVL-9 SHIP, 1989 Golden Plated, Reeded edge, Mintage 10 $85.00
Item Item LVL-10 SHIP, 1989 Nickel-Silver,  Reeded edge, Mintage 10 $90.00

PROOF PATTERNS (Latvian Arms on one side,  Statue or ship on the other):

Item Item LVL-11 STATUE, corrected legend, 1988 Nickel-Silver, Reeded edge, Mintage 20 $75.00
Item Item LVL-13 STATUE, corrected legend, 1988 Gold plated, Reeded edge, Mintage 20 $80.00
Item Item LVL-14 STATUE with “TEVZEMEJ” spelling error 1988, Copper, plain edge, Mintage 20 $95.00
Item Item LVL-15 STATUE with “TEVZEMEJ” spelling error 1988, Nickel-silver, plain edge, Mintage 20 $95.00
Item Item LVL-16 STATUE with “TEVZEMEJ” spelling error 1988, Golden Bronze, plain edge, Mintage 20 $95.00
Item Item LVL-17 SHIP, 1989 Nickel-Silver, Reeded Edge, Mintage 20 $85.00
Item Item LVL-18 SHIP, 1989 Gold plated, Reeded Edge, Mintage 20 $95.00


MODERN LATVIA COIN SET

Latvia coin set
This seven coin set includes the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Santimu and 1 Lats bi-metallic 2 Lati dating from 1992 to 2004.  All coins are Uncirculated and feature the Latvian arms on the obverse.
Item S-LV-SET7 LATVIA 7 COIN SET 1 SANTIMS - 2 LATI,  1992-2004 UNC. $10.00

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LATVIAN CULTURE CELEBRATED ON 1 LATS

Latvia 1 Lats 2013 KokleLatvia 1 Lats 2012 Charistmas BellsLatvia 1 Lats 2012 Hedgehog Latvia 1 Lats 2011 Gingerbread HeartLatvia 1 Lats 2009 Christmas Tree
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 a stylized Christmas tree on a 2009 issue , and Christmas bells on a 2012 coin. A gingerbrfeat heart is on the 2011 coin.  The 2012 issue features a hedgehog.  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
Item LV-12HHOG LATVIA 1 LATS 2012 HEDGEHOG BU $6.00
Item LV-11HEART LATVIA 1 LATS 2011 GINGERBREAD HEART BU $6.00
Item LV-09TREE LATVIA 1 LATS 2009 CHRISTMAS TREE 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. out


NEWSCARCE 1925 LITHUANIA COIN SET

Lithuania 1925 coin set 1 Centas - 5 Litai KM71-KM78
Though Lithuania declared its independence in 1918, it did not release its first coins until 1925.  The coins were minted only that single year, and no further coins were minted until 1936.  This eight coin set includes the aluminum-bronze 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Centu and the silver 1,2 and 5 Litau.  The coins all feature Vytis, the "white knight" on horseback on the obverse.  Vytis has appeared on Lithuanian coins since the middle ages and still appears on Lithuanian coins and notes today.  The reverses of the coin depicts the denomination and native flora.  Because of strict mintage restrictions in an effort to prevent inflation, Lithuanian coins tend to be the hardest to find of all the Baltic nations.
Item LT-SET25 LITHUANIA 1 CENTAS-5 LITAI 1925 KM71-78 F-VF $75.00




NEWSCARCE 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 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




NEWOLD SILVER COINS OF LITHUANIA HONOR HEROES

Lithuania silver 5 Latai 1936 KM82Lithuania silver 10 Litu 1936 KM83
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 VF $18.00
Item LT-10L36 LITHUANIA 10 LITU 1936 KM83 XF $37.50



FIRST MODERN LITHUANIAN COINS

Lithuania 1991 six coin setWith the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Lithuania reclaimed its independence and issued its first coins in over 50 years.  This set features six of the first modern coins of Lithuania.  The coins, dated 1991, were struck only a single year.  All six bear similar designs.  One side has the denomination.  The other features Vytas, the white knight, who has been the Lithuanian state emblem since the 14th century.  The set catalogs over $20.00, however our price is MUCH less.
Item LT-SET6 LITHUANIA 6 COIN SET 1 CENTAS - 50 CENTU, 1991 KM85-90 BU $9.75




CURRENT LITHUANIA COIN SET FEATURES THE WHITE KNIGHT 

Lithuania coin set
This nine coin set from Lithuania includes 1 Centas to the 5 Litas; all of the denominations that are in current circulation.   The 1, 2 and 5 Centai were issued only one year, in 1991, shortly after Lithuania gained independence from the U.S.S.R.  Also included are the 10,  20,  50 Centas, 1 Litas and the bimetallic  2  Litas and  5 Litas coins.  All nine coins feature Vytas, the white knight, who has been the Lithuanian state emblem since the 14th century.  All coins are Uncirculated.
Item S-LT-SET9 LITHUANIA 9 COIN SET 1 CENTAS - 5 LITAI, 1991-2010 BU $12.50


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

NEWTAJIKISTAN 2006 COMMEMORATIVE SET INCLUDES BI-METALLICS

Tajikistan 5 Somoni 2006 15th Anniversary of Independence, 3 Somoni 2700th Anniversary of City of Kulob, and two 1 Somoni Year of Aryan civilization
Tajikistan issued four commemorative coins in 2006. The a 26.5mm bi-metallic 5 Somoni commemorated the 15th Anniversary of Tajikistan's independence from the Soviet Union. It depicts the Presidential Palace with a large Tajik flag flying overhead.  The 25.5mm bi-metalic 3 Somoni commemorated the 2700th Anniversary of the founding of the city of Kulob (Kulyab).  It features the Kulob city arms.   Both bi-metallic coins have lettered edges.   The two 1 Somoni commemorate the "Year of Aryan Civilization".  The 25mm coins are struck in a copper-nickel-zinc alloy.  One features an archer in an ancient war chariot.  The other depicts the busts of two ancient warriors.  The coins have a mintage of only 100,000 pieces each and are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item TJ-SET06 TAJIKISTAN 4 COIN SET 1 - 5 S0MONI KM12-15 BU $20.00



TAJIKISTAN 2011 COIN SET Restocked

Tajikistan 2011 coin set: 5 Drams - 1 Somoni
Tajikistan issued a new a new series of coins in 2011.  The 5 coin set includes the 5, 10, 20 and 50 Drams struck in brass-plated steel and a copper-nickel-plated steel 1 Somoni.  The coins feature the Tajik arms on one side and the denomination on the other.  The 2011 dated coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item TJ-SET11 TAJIKISTAN 5 COIN SET 5 DIRAMS-1 SOMONI, 2011 BU $9.50


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-TNS-SET5TRANSDNIESTRA SET OF 5 COINS, 2000-2002 UNC.$4.00

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Turkmenistan bi-metallic 1 & 2 Manat 2010

NEW BI-METALLIC COINS OF TURKMENISTAN

Turkmenistan recently released two new bimetallic coins, a 1 and 2 Manat dated 2010. The 1 Manat is 27mm in diameter with an aluminum-bronze ring, copper-nickel center and a lettered, reeded edge.  The 2 Manat is 28mm in diameter with a copper-nickel ring and an aluminum-bronze center.  The coins both have similar designs, with the denomination on one side and a tower superimposed on a map of the country on the other.
Item TM-SET2 TURKMENISTAN 1 & 2 MANAT, 2010 UNC. $7.00


Turkmenistan 1993 coin setFIRST COINS OF TURKMENISTAN COINS FEATURES STRONGMAN

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 UNC. (KM1-5) $6.00


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UKRAINE CELEBRATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD WAR II 

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 KM10.2 PROOF-LIKE $7.00


NEWMORE ATTRACTIVE WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVES FROM UKRAINE

Ukraine 200,000 Karbovantsiv 1994 Kiev World War II Commemorative KM13Ukraine 200,000 Karbovantsiv 1994 Sebastopol World War II Commemorative KM14Commom 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 Sevastopol issue depicts the World War II monument in the foreground.  Behind it is the Crimean War monument which is located on a small island, and a warship. The coin has a mintage of 75,000. With the Russian takeover of Crimea, Sevastopol is no longer part of Ukraine.  Both coins are 200,000 Karbovantsiv dated 1995, 33mm in diameter and struck in copper-nickel. The reverses depict the Ukrainian arms.  The coins are Proof-like..
Item UA-KIEV UKRAINE 200,000 KARBOVANTSIV 1995 WWII-KIEV KM13 PROOF-LIKE  $8.00
Item UA-SBP UKRAINE 200,000 KARBOVANTSIV 1995 SEBASTOPOL KM14 PROOF-LIKE $8.00


NEWUKRAINE CELEBRATES HUMAN RIGHTS

Ukraine 2 Hryvni 1998 Human Rights Declaration, KM72Ukraine minted this 1998 2 Hryvni coin to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Declaration.  The 31mm copper-nickel coin depicts the logo of the 50th Anniversary celebration over the globe on the reverse and the arms of Ukraine of the obverse.  The coin has a mintage of 100,000 pieces.  It catalogs for $17.50, however our price is much less.
Item UA-RIGHTS UKRAINE 2 HRYVNI HUMAN RIGHTS 1998 KM72 UNC. $10.00




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

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) out



NEWUZBEKISTAN 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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