Russia has issued two new coins celebrating its takeover of Crimea.
On Oct. 9, the Central Bank of Russia issued the coins, the plans of
which were first reported back in early May.
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Both coins in the "Entry of the Republic of Crimea and the City
of Federal Importance Sevastopol into the Russian Federation” program
are denominated 10 rubles.
The federal city of Sevastopol is located on the Crimean Peninsula,
which was annexed by Russia following a March 16 referendum. The vote
was held under the specter of the intervention of Russian military
forces and has been declared invalid by the United Nations General Assembly.
A total of 10 million of each of the 10-ruble coins are to be issued.
The reverse side of the Republic of Crimea coin shows the “Swallow’s
Nest,” a castle built in 1912 on the Crimean peninsula, set
against a map of the Crimean Peninsula.
The reverse of the Sevastopol coin shows a monument to ships that were intentionally sunk
during the Crimean War, against a map of the Crimean Peninsula that is
shown in a slightly different treatment than on the other coin. A star
indicates the city’s location on the peninsula.
Both reverses include the issuing country’s name, the theme in
Russian language, and the March 18, 2014, date of the Russian
annexation of Crimea.
On these coins, the obverse shows the Bank of Russia name in
Russian, stylized laurel and oak branches, the Mint mark, year date
Russia's brass-plated steel 10-ruble coin weighs 5.63 grams and
measures 22 millimeters in diameter, or about the size of the United
States’ Jefferson 5-cent coin (but slightly heavier).
At press time, 10 rubles was equivalent to 25 cents in U.S. funds.