Transnistria/PMR: New "Composite" Coins

Started by chrisild, August 17, 2014, 03:36:26 PM

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The central bank of Pridnestrovia or Transnistria (for the history of that sort-of-country see <k>'s topic here) has made new, well, sort-of-coins. On one hand they resemble usual coins - the pieces are round rather than rectangular, they are hard and relatively small. On the other hand they are colored like banknotes and have security features that are usually found on paper money only.

The four denominations are 1, 3, 5 and 10 rubles. The size is 26 mm, I think, but with different shapes. Attached is an image of the 10 ruble coin. And here is a poster (JPEG, about 2 MB) that shows and explains (in Russian) the designs and features. Since I do not understand Russian, I tried "OCRing" the file and asked Google for translation help ...

The coins are "made of composite materials", they are translucent, and keep their shape (i.e. cannot be bent or folded). The security features include microtext, and elements that react to UV radiation and infrared. If anybody knows more about the new pieces, please post ahead. :)



Tried to attach the .rtf file with the OCR output, but apparently such files cannot be attached. Saw the news here. You can download this crude .doc version, in case you want to feed a machine translator ...



I hope the actual coins (?) don't look as ugly as they look in the picture. :D

These will soon turn-up on eBay with 'RRR', 'RAR', 'LQQK' tag... ;D

It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -J. K. Rowling.


I copied the image to attach so that we can at least see them all.
Have a look at  my tokens and my banknotes.


Transdniester republican bank announced introduction of plastic coinage that will be made from "composite" material.
English and German links are not working, provided links indicate pictorial images of the future coins and their technical characteristics (denominations 1, 3, 5 and 10 rubles).


So the four people depicted on the coins are:

1 ruble: Alexander Suvorov
3 rubles: Franz de Volan *
5 rubles: Pyotr Rumyantsev
10 rubles: Catherine II (the Great)

* There are various spellings of his name. In French, for example, it's François Sainte de Wollant ...



Transnistria to issue plastic coins


The Transnistrian Republican Bank (TRB) will issue new currency units that will be made of composite materials. The move is being done to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the national currency. Plastic coins, depending on denomination, will have a different geometric shape and color. According to the press service of the TRB, the new money will combine best qualities of coins and banknotes - high wear resistance and a wide range of security features. The coins for Transnistria were developed in Russia.

"For the time being, this kind of money is not produced anywhere else in the world. This is an innovation not only for Transnistria, but also for the international banking community. The currency units were designed by our colleagues from the Russian Federation and we will be the first to use them," First Deputy Chairwoman of the TRB Olga Radulova said in an interview with the First Transnistrian Channel.

The move to waive the production of metal coins is indeed a unique event. Plastic banknotes are in use in many countries of the world (they were first made in Australia), but the coins made ​​of composite materials will appear for the first time in Transnistria.

For protection against counterfeiting, the technology of their production involves the use of a special texture, contour elements, micro texts and specific reflection of light when exposed to ultraviolet and infrared glow.

Coins made ​​of plastic will be introduced in circulation from 22 August 2014 and will have a parallel circulation with paper money of the same denomination.

Source: Pravda
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -J. K. Rowling.


Quote from: Bimat on August 20, 2014, 04:37:51 PM
"For the time being, this kind of money is not produced anywhere else in the world.

Well, in other countries they are called casino chips. >:D  Ah well, maybe they are not quite that bad; would have to see and feel them first. But it will be difficult, especially in countries where lots of vending and other coin operated machines are used, to use such plastic coins instead ...



Thai bimetallic coins and nickel alloy 10, 20, 50 & 100 baht coins
Last update: Dec 2015 updated only nickel coin info.


In St. Petersburg, now sell for about $ 20 per set.
It is noteworthy that the colors match the color of paper money Soviet similar ratings


I saw this just today, came here to see what other people think about it.

Somehow if they become successful most likely many countries will follow that trend - new era in coins will start. They seem to be more practical, much cheaper, although less durable.

However, for a passionate collector, I don't really like the news and feel like coins will loose its charm with such "casino chips" as Christian says well.

Similar to these ugly colored pieces which are for now interesting as they're only a few that actually circulate. Luckily they didn't become too popular, as predicted. I just remember these ugly colored silver eagles from USA. Eyesore.

Or am I simply too harsh, close minded traditionalist on these?


Who want to buy this plastic set? Please, write me.


The mintage of new coins is small. Its really hard to find them!


Of course, everybody has heard about them as they are so weird. ;)

I don't think they are very hard to find or very expensive, they are quite easily available on e-trading websites...

It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -J. K. Rowling.


Most of people of Transnistria didnt see new coins. Its really hard to find them in Transnistria!!!