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Offline Vivek

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Russian Circulating coins
« on: August 15, 2011, 10:24:07 AM »
Hello All
I received my first set of Russian circulating coins..
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Re: Russian Circulating coins
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2011, 10:46:50 AM »
Thanks
Yes you must be right... just received packet from my friend...need to check details...I am sure I will get all details from experts...
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Re: Russian Circulating coins
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2011, 11:16:54 AM »
I would suggest you start with reading the denomination and the date. If you find ΔΡΑXΜΕΣ or ΔΡΑXΜAI (drachmes) on the coin, it is Greek. With numbers, you can read the full denomination and date.

Next, try to find the country name. If you find ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ (Greek Republic) or ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΣ (king) on the coin you have a further indication. There is an almost one-to-one relation between Greek and Latin letters. It is possible to "crack the code". You can look up the Greek alphabet in Wikipedia. By reading the above words, you are likely to understand what they mean (but you have to know that Greece is also referred to as Hellas)

Armed with this information, you can look up your coin in Numismaster.

Russian is more difficult, because it had some spelling reforms. Here are some terms:

копейка, копеек - kopeck, kopecks
РУБЛЬ, РУБЛЕЙ - ruble, rubles
ОДИН - one
ДВА - two
ТРИ - three
ПЯТЬ - five
CCCP - USSR (Soviet Union)
БАНК РОССИИ - bank of Russia

You can use the same approach as for Greek coins. Coins of some Balkan countries have slightly different letters. My rule of thumb is that if you don't know what the letter stands for, pronounce it like "sjh" :)

If you need help to identify your new coins, please post them separately.

Peter
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Re: Russian Circulating coins
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2011, 09:34:46 AM »
There are only 3 russian circulating coins:
5 rubles 1997 St.Petersburg Mint
2 rubles 2007 Moscow Mint
50 kopecks 2006 Moscow Mint

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Re: Russian Circulating coins
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2011, 10:14:49 AM »
thanks a lot Peter and romario for the information.
Romario can you please give details how to identify mint marks?
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Re: Russian Circulating coins
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2011, 10:39:27 AM »
ÌÌÄ (Ìîñêîâñêèé Ìîíåòíûé Äâîð) - Moscow Mint

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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2011, 10:40:55 AM »
ÑÏÌÄ (Ñàíêò-Ïåòåðáóðãñêèé Ìîíåòíûé Äâîð) - St.Petersburg Mint

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Re: Russian Circulating coins
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2011, 10:44:02 AM »
For the copecks:
If you see M under the horseshoe - Moscow
If you see С-П - Санкт-Петербург - St.Petersburg
« Last Edit: August 16, 2011, 11:20:56 AM by Figleaf »

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Russian Circulating coins
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2011, 03:54:03 PM »
Apart from Romario's excellent scans, here's nice link for mint marks on Russian coins:

http://www.ciscoins.net/articles/article08e.htm

Aditya
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