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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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FIRST SILVER TRAM OF MEDIEVAL ARMENIA

Armenia, silver Tram of Levon I, 1198-1219About 1198 Levon I (also called Leo II, Leon II and Levon the Magnificant) was crowned as the first king of Cilcian Armenia.  He had ruled the territory as Lord of Armenia since 1187, after his brother was captured by Bohemond III of Antioch and retired to a monastery. As king he had the privilege of issuing the first Armenian coins since ancient times.  He established a powerful Christian kingdom and was a strong supporter of the Third Crusade. He had numerous intrigues and conflicts with Bohemond III of Antioch, at one point taking him and his family prisoner after inviting them to castle. He was later involved in the War of the Antiochene Succession after Bohemond's death.  He joined Richard the Lion Heart in the conquest of Cyprus and was actively involved in the numerous political plots and intrigues of the Crusader kingdoms and neighboring kingdoms.  These crude silver Trams are approximately 22mm in diameter.  One side pictures picture King Levon seated upon his throne.  The reverse shows a lion and leopard with a cross.  It is an historic Armenian coin with a close connection to the Crusades. 
Item AM-LEVON ARMENIA SILVER TRAM OF LEVON I 1198-1219 F-VF-crude $65.00




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



NewHERRING GULL ON BELARUS RUBLE

Belarus 1 Ruble 2003 Herring Gull - Braslaw Lakes National Park KM55A Herring Gull in flight is featured on this 2003 1 Ruble of Belarus.  The coin commemorates the Braslaw Lakes National Park.  The park is one of four national parks of Belarus.  It consists of some 30 interconnected lakes covering some 270 square miles (700 sq.km.).  The obverse of the 32mm copper-nickel coin features the arms of Belarus.  It has a mintage of only 5000 pieces.
Item BY-GULL BELARUS 1 RUBLE 2003 HERRING GULL KM55 PROOF $22.00


2014 CRIMEA COIN SET

Crimean coin set: 5, 10, 25 and 100 Rubles. Includes bi-metallicsback of Crimean 2014 coins
The 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




BISHOPRIC OF DORPAT

Bishopric of Borpat silver Lubische (Pfennig) 1379-1441The Bishopric of Dorpat (now Tartu) was a prince-bishopric that once controlled much of what is now south-eastern Estonia. It was an important Hanseatic trade center.  This small (about 12mm) silver 1 Lubische (late called 1 Pfennig) was issued by the Bishops of Dorpat between 1379 and 1441.  During this period the Bishopric was in conflict with the Knights of the Livonian Order who controlled adjacent territories. Both sides of the coin depict the arms of the Bishopric which consists of a crossed key and sword.  The Dorpat Cathedral, the seat of the Bishop, was once one of the largest religious structures in Eastern Europe.  It was heavily damaged in the 1520's during the Protestant Reformation and was abandoned after the last Bishop was deported to Russia in 1558.  Ruins of the once grand cathedral are now part of the grounds of the University of Tartu. The coin is a reminder of a once powerful but now extinct Bishopric.
Item DORPAT BISHOPRIC OF DORPAT SILVER LUBISCHE 1379-1441 VG-F-CRUDE $12.00
Item DORPATx5 5 PIECES OF THE ABOVE BISHOPRIC OF DORPAT SILVER LUBISCHE 1379-1441 VG-F-CRUDE $45.00
Item DORPATx25 25 PIECES OF THE ABOVE BISHOPRIC OF DORPAT SILVER LUBISCHE 1379-1441 VG-F-CRUDE $175.00




CRITTERS FROM KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakhstan 50 Tenge coin 2008 depictingTien Shan Brown Bear KM86Kazakhstan 50 Tenge coin 2010 depicting Dalmatian Pelican KM239
Kazakhstan issued an attractive series of coins featuring endangered native wildlife.  The 31mm copper-nickel coins are denominated 50 Tenge. Each year a different critter was featured on the reverse of the coin. The 2007 to 2009 issues have the Kazakstan national emblem on the obverse.  The later issues feature the critter in its natural habitat on the obverse. The coins have a mintage of only 50,000 each.   The 2007 issue featured a Crested Spoonbill.  A Tien Shan Brown Bear (Ursus Arctos Isabellinus) is on the 2008 coin. .  The 2010 issue depicted a Dalmatian Pelican on both sides of the coin. 
Item KZ-BEAR08 KAZAKHSTAN 50 TENGE 2008 BEAR KM86 BU $10.00
Item KZ-PELIC10 KAZAKHSTAN 50 TENGE 2010 PEICAN KM239 BU $7.00





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

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






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



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 hoped 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 KM183.1-KM186.1 UNC. $9.75




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, 1991-2012 BU $15.00



LITHUANIAN EURO COIN SET Back in stock

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, 1 EUROCENT - 2 EURO, 2015 UNC. $12.00




LITHUANIA 2021 ZUVINTAS BIOSPHERE RESERVE 2 EURO

Lithuania 2 Euros 2021 Zuvintas BiosphereThe Zuvintas Biosphere Reserve is a a UNESCO site that is the home of thousands of species of birds, animals and plants. New species are being discovered every year.   It is centered around Zuvintas Lake, a large, shallow lake that is only a small remnant of the former post-glacial lake.  The coin depicts a Bittern trying to eat a Fire-bellied toad.  A Water Reed Warbler clings to a reed.  In the distance a number of cranes are flying with a mute swan. 
Item LT-2E21-ZUVINTAS LITHUANIA 2 EURO 2021 ZUVINTAS BIOSPHERE, UNC. $6.00



LITHUANIA'S HILL OF CROSSES ON 2020 2 EUROS   

Lithuania 2 Euro 2020 Hill of CrossesWe offered these a few months ago, and immediately sold out. The Hill of Crosses carries great significance with Lithuanians as well as Christians of all nationalities.  Lithuania featured its Hill of Crosses on its 2020 2 Euro coin.  The first crosses were believed to have been placed on the hill in 1831 after an uprising against Russia.  The site took on special significance during the Soviet occupation of Lithuania from 1939 and 1991.  Praying and placing crosses on the hill became a way of demonstrating peaceful resistance against the Soviets and to reaffirm Lithuanian culture, heritage and religion.  The Soviets worked hard to remove new crosses, and bulldozed the site at least three times, but even more crosses would appear after the old ones were removed.  Today there are well over 100,000 crosses, crucifixes and statues on the hill.  It has become both a major pilgrimage site and a tourist site
Item LT-2E20-CROSS LITHUANIA 2 EURO 2020 HILL OF CROSSES UNC. $8.00



MOLDOVA COIN SET

Moldova 6 coin set 1 - 50 BaniFor 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, 25 and 50 Bani and the aluminum-bronze 50 Bani dating from 1993 to 2006 in Uncirculated condition.   The coins bear the Moldova arms on one side and the denomination on the other.
Item S-MD-SET6 MOLDOVA 6 COIN SET 1 - 50 BANI 1993-2006 UNC. $4.50



NEWBI-METALLIC MOLDOVA 10 LEI COMMEMORATIVES

Moldova commemorative 10 Lei: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021Moldova started an annual series of circulating bi-metallic 10 Lei coins in 2018.  The 2018 issue commemorates the 25th anniversary of the national currency - the Leu, which translates as lion.  The coin features a lion, the Moldova national arms and the emblem of the national bank.  The 2019 issue commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the adoption of the Latin alphabet (as opposed the Cyrillic alphabet used in Russia) and the state language laws.  The obverse depicts the emblem of the national language that features the mythological Charmed Bird.  The reverse includes the Latin alphabet in lower case letters.  The 2020 issue commemorates the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the State flag.  The 2021 issue commemorates the 30th anniversary of the National Bank. The design includes the national arms, the national bank emblem and the number '30'.  The reverses of all the coins bear the denomination.  At the top is a latent image that changes from R to M (for "Republica Moldova") as the coin is shifted.  "BNM", the initials of the national bank, is micro-engraved on the surface of the "1". 
Item MD-10L18 MOLDOVA 10 LEI 2018 25th ANNIVERSARY OF CURRENCY, KM157 BU. $4.00
Item MD-10L19 MOLDOVA 10 LEI 2019 30th ANNIVERSARY OF ALPHABET & LANGUAGE LAWS, KM171 BU $4.00
Item MD-10L20 MOLDOVA 10 LEI 2020 30th ANNIVERSARY OF STATE FLAG, KM186 BU $4.00
Item MD-10L21 MOLDOVA 10 LEI 2021 39th ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL BANK, KM196 BU $4.00
Item MD-SET10L ALL 4 OF THE ABOVE MOLDOVA 10 LEI BU $15.00



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. $8.00



TRANSNISTRIA ISSUES WORLD'S FIRST CIRCULATING PLASTIC COINS  Restocked

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. $6.00


BI-METALLIC OF MOLDAVIAN REPUBLIC OF DNIESTR FEATURES POPE JOHN PAUL II 

Transdniestra bi-metallic 100 Rubles picturing Pope John Paul IIThis unofficial bi-metallic 100 Ruble coin picturing Pope John Paul II was issued for The Moldavian Republic of Dniestr, also known as Transniestria or Transdniestra. The national arm featuring a hammer and sickle and a star is on the back of the 2011 dated coin.  The small, communist state bordering the Dniester river declared independence from Moldova in 1990.  Though its independence is not widely recognized, it operates as a sovereign nation.  The 26mm coin has a mintage of only 2500 pieces and is Uncirculated.
Item TNS-100R MOLDAVIAN REPUBLIC OF DNIESTR 100 ROUBLES 2011 POPE JOHN PAUL II, UNC. $9.75




UKRAINE COIN SET   Restocked

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 and 1 Hryvnia dating from 1992 to 2003. One side of the coin has the denomination.  the other features the Ukraine coat-of-arms.  The trident insignia on the coat of arms dates back to Volodymyr the Great who as the Grand Prince of Kiev from 980 to 1015.
Item S-UA-SET7 UKRAINE 7 COIN SET, 1 KOPIYKA - 1 HRYVNIA  1992-2003 XF-UNC. $6.00



UKRAINE HONORS POETESS, HISTORIAN

UKRAINE 200,000 KARBOVANTSIV 1996 LESYA UKRAINKA KM17UKRAINE 200,000 UKRAINE 200,000 KARBOVANTSIV 1996 MYKHAILO HRUSHEVSKY KM27
Ukraine honored a poetess and a historian as national heroes on these 1996 200,000 Karbovantsiv coins.  The coins portray the national hero and their birth and death years on the reverse.  The obverse features the Ukraine national emblem.  The 33mm copper-nickel coins are Proof-Like.  Lesya Ukrainka was a female poet, playwright and activist.  She was born as Larysa Petrivna Kosach-Kvitka in 1871.  She published her first poems at age 13, but as Ukrainian language publications were forbidden in the Russian Empire she used the pseudonym Lesya Ukrainka.  She became a gifted writer that knew 10 languages.  Her works often focused on Ukraine's freedom and independence. Her coin has a mintage of 100,000 pieces.  Mykhailo Hrushevsky was a Ukrainian historian who served  as head of the Central Rada (Ukraine's 1917–1918 revolutionary parliament) during its brief existence from March 1917 until April 1918. The Rada House (now the Kiev City Teacher's House) is depicted behind his portrait on the coin.  His extensive historical works emphasized the continuity in Ukrainian history from ancient times to the present.  He stressed the role of the "popular masses" and the popular revolts against the foreign nations that ruled Ukraine in his works. 
Item UA-UKRAINKA UKRAINE 200,000 KARBOVANTSIV 1996 LESYA UKRAINKA KM17 PROOF-LIKE $8.00
Item UA-HRUSHEVSKY UKRAINE 200,000 KARBOVANTSIV 1996 MYKHAILO HRUSHEVSKY KM27 PROOF-LIKE $8.00




UKRAINE WILDLIFE COINS

Ukraine 2 Hryvni 2000 coin depicting Freshwater crab KM99Ukraine 2 Hryvni 2003 coin depicting European Bison KM167Ukraine 2 Hryvni 2005 coin depicting Sandy Mole Rat KM357 Ukraine 2 Hryvni 2005 coin depicting Bush Katydid Grasshopper KM391Commom obverse of Ukraine 2 Hryvni wildlife coins
Endangered native wildlife are featured on these attractive 2 Hryvni coins of Ukraine.  The 31mm coins are struck in a nickel alloy.  The obverses of the coins feature a wreath of flora and fauna, the national emblem, denomination and date.
Item UA-CRAB00 UKRAINE 2 HRYVNI 2000 FRESHWATER CRAB KM99 BU $15.00
Item UA-BISON03 UKRAINE 2 HRYVNI 2003 EUROPEAN BISON KM167 BU $9.00
Item UA-MOLE05 UKRAINE 2 HRYVNI 2005 SANDY MOLE RAT KM357 BU $8.00
Item UA-GHOP06 UKRAINE 2 HRYVNI BUSH KATYDID GRASSHOPPER KM391 BU $12.00


 

NEWUKRAINE 2012 EUROPEAN SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP COIN

Ukraine 1 Hryvnia Euro2012 Soccer coin KM668Ukraine and Poland jointly hosted the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (also called EURO 2012).  Ukraine issued this circulating commemorative 2012 1 Hryvnia honoring the event.  National soccer teams from 24 European nations will be competing in the event, which took 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 are on the obverse.
Item UA-EURO12 UKRAINE 1 HRYVNIA EURO2012 SOCCER KM668 UNC.  $3.00



CURRENT RUSSIAN-UKRAINIAN WAR HAS ROOTS IN 10th CENTURY VIKINGS

Ukraine 1 Hryvenia coin 2006 depicting Volodymyr the GreatUkraine 1 & 2 Hryvni banknotes 2013-2014The roots of Russia's recent invasion of Ukraine can be traced back to a Viking who lived over 1000 years ago.   In Russia he is called Vladimir the Great.  In Ukraine he is known Volodymyr the Great.  Ironically both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy share his name.  A statue of Vladimir the Great (his name in Russian) was erected next to the Kremlin by Vladimir Putin in 2016.  There is also a statue of Volodymyr (his name in Ukrainian) in Kyiv.  Volodymyr was of Viking descent and Prince of Novgorod.  After the death of his father, who was the Grand Prince of Kiev, he was forced flee to Scandinavia when war broke out between his brothers.  He gathered an army of Vikings and returned to defeat his only remaining brother in order regain Novgorod and become Grand Prince of Kiev.  By 980 he ruled much of what is now Ukraine, Belarus and western Russia, stretching up of the Baltic Sea.  He was initially a follower of Slavic Paganism and was said to have many wives and 800 concubines.  He decided that a monotheistic religion would strengthen his control over his realm.   In making a decision as to what religion he should choose he rejected Islam due to its prohibition of alcoholic beverages and pork.  He remarked "Drinking is the joy of all Rus'. We cannot exist without that pleasure."  He rejected Judaism as he saw their loss of Jerusalem as evidence they were abandoned by God.   His envoys to Byzantium were so impressed with the church and liturgy that they reported "We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth" Ukraine 1 & 2 Hryvni coins 2018and "such beauty, and we know not how to tell of it."  Based on these reports, in 988 he converted to Christianity and Christianized Kievan Rus.  Ukrainians see him as founder of an independent Ukrainian nation.  Russia considers him to be the founder of the first Russian Empire which included Ukraine.  Both consider him a saint for bringing Christianity to realm. Upon his death in 1015, his son Yaroslav engaged in a series of complicated and bloody battles and intrigues against his own brothers before consolidating his power.  He codified legal customs of the Rus and was a patron of learning, books and culture, hence he was known as "the wise".   Under Yaroslav, Kievan Rus reached its cultural zenith and the height of its military power. He is considered a hero in both Russia and Ukraine.  The 2006 Ukrainian 1 Hryvnia coin depicts Volodymyr the Great holding a cross and a model of St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev.  The reverse of the 26mm aluminum-bronze coin has the denomination.  Volydymyr is also depicted on the Ukraine 2014 1 Hryvnia banknote.  The back depicts Kiev as it was in Volodymyr's time along with an eagle, cross, mace ax and sword.   The front of the 2013 2 Hryvni note depicts Yaroslav the Wise and a coin of his depicting the tryzub (trident), which is now the national emblem of Ukraine.  The back includes an image of St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev which was constructed for Yaroslav.  In 2018 Ukraine introduced new nickel-plated steel 1 and 2 Hryvni coins.  The coins utilize the same portraits as the same denomination banknote:  Volodymyr on the 1 Hryvnia and Yaroslav in the 2 Hryvni.  
Item UA-1H06 UKRAINE 1 HRYVNIA COIN 2006 KM209 UNC. $4.00
Item PM-UA-SET2 UKRAINE 1 & 2 HRYVNI BANKNOTES 2013-14 P116A & P117 UNC. $4.00
Item UA-SET18 UKRAINE 1 & 2 HRYVNI COINS 2018 UNC. $3.00




NEWUKRAINE CELEBRATES 100th ANNIVERSARY OF ITS NAVY

Ukarine 10 Hryven 100th ANNIVERSARY OF UKRAINE NAVY COINUkraine celebrated the 100th anniversary of its Navy with this 2018 10 Hryven coin, which is impressive for a country that only gained independence 31 years ago.  The Ukrainian Navy traces is founding to April 18, 1918. The commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, sensing the mood of the majority of the Ukrainian seaman, officially proclaimed the entire fleet in Crimea to be under control of the Ukrainian National Congress  and raised the Ukrainian flag.  In 1921 it was merged into the Soviet Navy.  It was re-established after Ukraine gained its independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.  It lost most of its ships and its headquarters in Sevastopol when Russia invaded Crimea in 2014.  The obverse of the 30mm copper-nickel-zinc coin includes the Ukraine Naval Flag, the outline of a warship and the Ukraine national emblem.  The reverse features the number "100" incorporating naval insignia atop stylized waves.
Item UA-10H18-NAVY UKRAINE 10 HRYVEN 2018 100th ANNIVERSARY OF UKRAINE NAVY UNC. $5.00



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 $5.00


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Joel Anderson
PO Box 365
Grover Beach, CA 93483-0365
USA
Phone: 1 805 489 8045 | Fax: 1 805 299 1818
Email: orders@joelscoins.com

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