I found what appears to be a Russian coin in my change. Is it worth anything?
Michele Orzano, Sidney, Ohio
You’ve probably heard of someone writing a letter to her future self about some encounter or experience.
This Readers Ask is a bit like that. I found the coin I am writing about, so I’m the one who can tell the backstory.
As a Coin World staff member I’m very used to answering questions about coins, paper money, medals, tokens and other odd bits that our readers ask about.
But this time I had my own questions, about an odd coin I found in my change.
I had a small change purse overflowing with coins. It was time to take them to my bank’s automated coin counting machine and redeem them for folding money.
Often a bent or discolored Lincoln cent or a Canadian 10-cent gets kicked out in the reject slot of the automated counter. Sometimes I can just drop rejected U.S. coins back into the machine, and it will count them.
When I heard a coin clink into the reject slot, I expected the usual. But lo and behold, I found instead a slightly worn coin that looked like it had Cyrillic lettering.
I finished my business at the bank, and when I got back to the office the identification hunt was on!
The obverse design shows St. George on horseback, about to spear a serpent. The design seems to be a slight variation on Great Britain’s St. George and the Dragon design.