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U1chicagoU1chicago Posts: 5,497 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited July 18, 2023 5:51PM in World & Ancient Coins Forum

The set started with my interest in coins from Kazakhstan (they have an excellent bimetallic space series, which I discovered years back by collecting the silver and niobium series from Austria) and expanded as I found several other coins that appealed to me. Having a few already in hand, I decided to embark on the challenge of adding one from each of the fifteen former Soviet Republics. The goals are that every coin is post 1991 (after independence), silver, and graded (rules can be altered if needed). Some of these are simple enough to find while others have proven to be quite difficult to attain. Through this journey, the set has seen some expansion to countries that were never Republics but either came close or played some sort of pivotal role. There is also a small diversion to explore the disputed territories (areas that were within the Soviet Union or had some connection but did not become recognized independent countries-they tend to be a fragile part of other independent nations). Since most of these do not have official coins, the rules are a bit more relaxed as to what can be part of the set (the goals of graded and silver have been dropped).

What follows is each of the fifteen republics in alphabetical order. Then you will see the "add-ons" and the disputed territories.


Country Armenia
Denomination 1000 Dram
Year 2007
Subject Flora and Fauna of Armenia
Composition Silver 0.925
Weight (gr) 33.6
Diameter (mm) 40
Mintage 500
Mint Czech Mint
Grade PCGS PR 69 DCAM


Country Azerbaijan
Denomination 5 Manat
Year 2015
Subject Wrestling
Composition Silver 0.999
Weight (gr) 31.21
Diameter (mm) 38.61
Mintage 1,000-1,100
Mint Royal Mint (London)
Grade NGC PF 70 UCAM


Country Belarus
Denomination 20 Roubles
Year 2014
Subject The Legend of the Bullfinch
Composition Silver 0.925
Weight (gr) 33.62
Diameter (mm) 38.61
Mintage 2,000
Mint Lithuanian Mint
Grade PCGS PR 70 DCAM


Country Estonia
Denomination 25 krooni
Year 2010
Subject History of Estonia
Composition Silver 0.999
Weight (gr) 24.1
Diameter (mm) 38.61
Mintage 15,000
Mint Mint of Finland
Grade PCGS PR 70 DCAM


Country Georgia
Denomination 5 Lari
Year 2019
Subject 100th Anniversary of Issuance of the First Georgian National Postage Stamp
Composition Silver 0.925
Weight (gr) 15.5
Size (mm) 33 x 27
Mintage 1,500
Mint Mennica Polska (Warsaw, Poland)


Country Kazakhstan
Denomination 500 Tenge
Year 2013
Subject Heritage of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Composition Silver 0.925
Weight (gr) 31.1
Diameter (mm) 38.61
Mintage 7,000
Mint Kazakhstan Mint
Grade PCGS PR 70 DCAM


Country Kyrgyzstan
Denomination 10 Som
Year 2017
Subject Age of the Kyrgyz Khaganate
Composition Silver 0.925
Weight (gr) 28.28
Diameter (mm) 38.61
Mintage 1,000
Mint Kazakhstan Mint
Grade NGC PF 69 UCAM


Country Latvia
Denomination 1 Lats
Year 2004
Subject Coin of Time
Composition Silver 0.900 & niobium
Weight (gr) 17.15
Diameter (mm) 34
Mintage 5,000
Mint Münze Österreich (Austria)


Country Lithuania
to be determined


Country Moldova
Denomination 50 Lei
Year 2012
Subject Red Book (of animals)
Composition Silver 0.999
Weight (gr) 16.5
Diameter (mm) 30
Mintage 1,000
Mint issued by the National Bank of Moldova (likely made by the State Mint in Romania)


Country Russia
Denomination 3 Roubles
Year 2010
Subject Year of the Tiger
Composition Silver 0.925
Weight (gr) 33.94
Diameter (mm) 39
Mintage 15,000
Mint Moscow Mint
Grade PCGS PR 70 DCAM


Country Tajikistan
Denomination 5 Somoni
Year 2010
Subject 10th Anniversary of EurAsEC
Composition Silver 0.925
Weight (gr) 31.1
Diameter (mm) 38.61
Mintage 2,000
Mint Kazakhstan Mint
Grade NGC PF 67 UCAM


Country Turkmenistan
Denomination 20 Manat
Year 2011
Subject 20th Anniversary of Independence
Composition Silver
Weight (gr) 8.11
Diameter (mm) 22
Mintage 300
Mint Royal Mint (UK)


Country Ukraine
Denomination 10 Hryven
Year 2013
Subject Ukrainian Heritage
Composition Silver 0.925
Weight (gr) 33.74
Diameter (mm) 38.6
Mintage 5,000
Mint Ukrainian Mint


Country Uzbekistan
to be determined


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  • U1chicagoU1chicago Posts: 5,497 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 18, 2023 7:14PM

    This post starts the "add-ons" section. These are coins that represent countries that had some important role or were close to becoming a Republic. There could be quite a few of these and my set will likely not cover all. The standard for inclusion in the set is simple: I must like the coin (it also helps if the price is reasonably low).


    Country Afghanistan
    Denomination 500 Afghanis
    Year 1995
    Subject 50th Anniversary of the United Nations
    Composition Silver 0.925
    Weight (gr) 28.28
    Diameter (mm) 38.61
    Mintage not certain (some sources have it at 100,000)
    Mint Royal Mint
    Grade PCGS PR 69 DCAM


    Country Mongolia
    Denomination 500 Togrog
    Year 2005
    Subject Endangered Wildlife
    Composition Silver 0.925 & Niobium
    Weight (gr) 25
    Diameter (mm) 30 x 45 (it's an oval)
    Mintage 5,000
    Mint CIT, Liechtenstein (most likely-can't find exact confirmation)


    As an addendum to my set of former Soviet Union nations, I've decided to include some related disputed territories. Some are more difficult (and more expensive) to find than others so the current crop might be all. A few of these have been placed in my own ddddd/u1toning slabs to add a little extra entertainment.


    Moldova segment

    Country: Transnistria
    Coin: European wildcat (Forest Cat)
    Face value: 1 Ruble
    Year: 2020
    Composition: steel with nickel-plated
    Diameter (mm): 22
    Mintage: 50,000

    Country: Gagauzia
    Face value: 10 Para
    Year: 2018
    Composition: Aluminum
    Diameter (mm): 24 mm
    Mintage: Unknown


    Azerbaijan segment

    Country: Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh)
    Coin: Cheetah
    Face value: 1 Dram
    Year: 2004
    Composition: Aluminum
    Diameter (mm): 21.7
    Mintage: unknown


    Georgia segment

    Country: South Ossetia
    Face value: 2 Rubles
    Year: 2013
    Composition: Bimetallic: brass center in copper plated steel ring
    Diameter (mm): 28 mm
    Mintage: Unknown


    Others

    Country: Kurdistan
    Face value: 10 Dinars
    Year: 1424 (2003)
    Composition: Copper-nickel
    Diameter (mm): 38.6 mm
    Mintage: 4,700 (some sources say 10,000 were authorized)

    Country: Viinamarisaar
    Face value: 7 Krooni
    Year: 2007
    Composition: Purple anodized niobium
    Diameter (mm): 17
    Mintage: 100

  • U1chicagoU1chicago Posts: 5,497 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'll add in more tidbits over time; feel free to share your examples too!

  • U1chicagoU1chicago Posts: 5,497 ✭✭✭✭✭

    From the mint's writeup: "Armenia is the oldest place for viticulture. According to the Bible, Noah, having descended from the mountain Ararat, planted the first vine, thus giving a start to winegrowing in Armenia. There are more than 200 old and new high quality sorts of grapes. Most of these sorts are local and are used for both a table use and production of wine and cognac."

    The coin is fairly simple but the grape design was very appealing to me. The side with the Armenian seal also features an ornate background with alternating grape bunches and leaves.

  • bidaskbidask Posts: 13,818 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @U1chicago said:
    The set started with my interest in coins from Kazakhstan (they have an excellent bimetallic space series, which I discovered years back by collecting the silver and niobium series from Austria) and expanded as I found several other coins that appealed to me. Having a few already in hand, I decided to embark on the challenge of adding one from each of the fifteen former Soviet Republics. The goals are that every coin is post 1991 (after independence), silver, and graded (rules can be altered if needed). Some of these are simple enough to find while others have proven to be quite difficult to attain. Through this journey, the set has seen some expansion to countries that were never Republics but either came close or played some sort of pivotal role. There is also a small diversion to explore the disputed territories (areas that were within the Soviet Union or had some connection but did not become recognized independent countries-they tend to be a fragile part of other independent nations). Since most of these do not have official coins, the rules are a bit more relaxed as to what can be part of the set (the goals of graded and silver have been dropped).

    What follows is each of the fifteen republics in alphabetical order. Then you will see the "add-ons" and the disputed territories.


    Country Armenia
    Denomination 1000 Dram
    Year 2007
    Subject Flora and Fauna of Armenia
    Composition Silver 0.925
    Weight (gr) 33.6
    Diameter (mm) 40
    Mintage 500
    Mint Czech Mint
    Grade PCGS PR 69 DCAM


    Country Azerbaijan
    Denomination 5 Manat
    Year 2015
    Subject Wrestling
    Composition Silver 0.999
    Weight (gr) 31.21
    Diameter (mm) 38.61
    Mintage 1,000-1,100
    Mint Royal Mint (London)
    Grade NGC PF 70 UCAM


    Country Belarus
    Denomination 20 Roubles
    Year 2014
    Subject The Legend of the Bullfinch
    Composition Silver 0.925
    Weight (gr) 33.62
    Diameter (mm) 38.61
    Mintage 2,000
    Mint Lithuanian Mint
    Grade PCGS PR 70 DCAM


    Country Estonia
    Denomination 25 krooni
    Year 2010
    Subject History of Estonia
    Composition Silver 0.999
    Weight (gr) 24.1
    Diameter (mm) 38.61
    Mintage 15,000
    Mint Mint of Finland
    Grade PCGS PR 70 DCAM


    Country Georgia
    Denomination 5 Lari
    Year 2019
    Subject 100th Anniversary of Issuance of the First Georgian National Postage Stamp
    Composition Silver 0.925
    Weight (gr) 15.5
    Size (mm) 33 x 27
    Mintage 1,500
    Mint Mennica Polska (Warsaw, Poland)


    Country Kazakhstan
    Denomination 500 Tenge
    Year 2013
    Subject Heritage of the Republic of Kazakhstan
    Composition Silver 0.925
    Weight (gr) 31.1
    Diameter (mm) 38.61
    Mintage 7,000
    Mint Kazakhstan Mint
    Grade PCGS PR 70 DCAM


    Country Kyrgyzstan
    Denomination 10 Som
    Year 2017
    Subject Age of the Kyrgyz Khaganate
    Composition Silver 0.925
    Weight (gr) 28.28
    Diameter (mm) 38.61
    Mintage 1,000
    Mint Kazakhstan Mint
    Grade NGC PF 69 UCAM


    Country Latvia
    Denomination 1 Lats
    Year 2004
    Subject Coin of Time
    Composition Silver 0.900 & niobium
    Weight (gr) 17.15
    Diameter (mm) 34
    Mintage 5,000
    Mint Münze Österreich (Austria)


    Country Lithuania
    to be determined


    Country Moldova
    Denomination 50 Lei
    Year 2012
    Subject Red Book (of animals)
    Composition Silver 0.999
    Weight (gr) 16.5
    Diameter (mm) 30
    Mintage 1,000
    Mint issued by the National Bank of Moldova (likely made by the State Mint in Romania)


    Country Russia
    Denomination 3 Roubles
    Year 2010
    Subject Year of the Tiger
    Composition Silver 0.925
    Weight (gr) 33.94
    Diameter (mm) 39
    Mintage 15,000
    Mint Moscow Mint
    Grade PCGS PR 70 DCAM


    Country Tajikistan
    Denomination 5 Somoni
    Year 2010
    Subject 10th Anniversary of EurAsEC
    Composition Silver 0.925
    Weight (gr) 31.1
    Diameter (mm) 38.61
    Mintage 2,000
    Mint Kazakhstan Mint
    Grade NGC PF 67 UCAM


    Country Turkmenistan
    Denomination 20 Manat
    Year 2011
    Subject 20th Anniversary of Independence
    Composition Silver
    Weight (gr) 8.11
    Diameter (mm) 22
    Mintage 300
    Mint Royal Mint (UK)


    Country Ukraine
    Denomination 10 Hryven
    Year 2013
    Subject Ukrainian Heritage
    Composition Silver 0.925
    Weight (gr) 33.74
    Diameter (mm) 38.6
    Mintage 5,000
    Mint Ukrainian Mint


    Country Uzbekistan
    to be determined


    I like these names silver modern crowns

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  • U1chicagoU1chicago Posts: 5,497 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @bidask there are definitely plenty of nice designs on these moderns.

  • U1chicagoU1chicago Posts: 5,497 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This coin was part of a series of five that honored the First European Games, a version of the Olympics for Europe, held in Baku. Azerbaijan did fairly well, capturing the third most gold medals, 26 (Russia and Belarus were first and second). There is some conflicting information about the mintage. I've seen some sources claim as few as 100 while others claim 1,000. Part of the issue seems to be that these were available individually as well as part of a set of five (limited to 100 sets). I'm not sure if that set is part of the 1,000 total mintage or if it makes the mintage 1,100.

  • U1chicagoU1chicago Posts: 5,497 ✭✭✭✭✭

    In Belarusian folklore, the bullfinch is a small, modest, and originally grey bird. He is a Prometheus figure who brings fire to Earth. However, what sets him apart is that he does not steal the fire; instead he carries out the order of God. No others animals were able to do the task but the bullfinch persevered. He endured the pain while completing his mission. His neck and breast remained red as a reminder of the heroic deed.

  • U1chicagoU1chicago Posts: 5,497 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is one of the last coins made before Estonia switched over to the Euro in 2011.

    The COA has a good description that I'm including below:

    The 25-Kroon collector coin resembles an ethnographic spoke coin. It was believed to be a lucky coin and a talisman that attracts wealth and success, and to protect its owner from misfortune. It was thought that if the eight-heeled star revolves clockwise, it fortifies the life circle, and if counter–clockwise, then creative powers.

    Folk medicine uses the eight-heeled star to cure diseases and fend off evil forces. The eight-heeled star is a symbol connecting the Heaven and the Earth that allows access to the unearthly light, wisdom and chaste values. On the obverse of the collector coin, in the heart of the eight-heeled star, there is the national coat of arms of the Republic of Estonia. Around it, clockwise fly the soul birds of our ancestors, symbolizing the Heaven, and counter-clockwise stroll the daughters of the Mother of the Sward, symbolizing the Earth.

    Midsummer night, June 23, is one of the most ancient festivals for Estonians and it has been celebrated every year regardless of the times. In Midsummer Night people look for the mystic Fern Blossom, which, as the legend goes, blooms for just a moment and brings its founder utmost wealth, health and wisdom. The reverse of the collector coin depicts the Fern Blossom growing in a dip of our ancestors' sacrificial rock.


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