Less of a change find and more of a kind gift from a Russian tourist. Oddly enough it was back around August of 2006 that I got my last Russian money also from a tourist. I am sure I found Russian coinage in my change but that was before I started obsessively blogging about them.
Russian coins are not rare but in the United States they are not often seen. Sure in New York City there are huge Russian communities but the fact the coins are not equal in size and color to U.S. coins makes them less likely to end up in change. Oh not mention the history between the two nations, lots of animosity exists.
|10 копеек (Kopeks) above a spring vine.|
|банк России (Bank Russia) 2007 around St. George slaying a dragon. Under the front left hoof is the mint mark|
There are four varieties for 2006 and 2007 10 Kopeks...1. Brass - СП = Санкт-Петербург or SP = St. Petersburg
2. Brass - М = Москва or M = Moscow
3. Brass Plated Steel - СП = Санкт-Петербург or SP = St. Petersburg
4. Brass Plated Steel - М = Москва or M = Moscow
The brass version are worth about twice the plated steel version. Of course all you need is a magnet to tell them apart. You can also try weighing them the Brass types are about 1.95 grams while I get the steel types at 1.90 grams, granted I am not positive that it should be lighter.
Here are that stats...
Type / Country: 10 Kopeks / Russia
Year: 2007-СП (St. Petersburg Mint)
Mintage: Unknown (by me at least)
Metal: Brass Plated Steel
Value: $0.25 in Extra-Fine
Do you have a coin from Russia and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.