Seven years after minting them, Belarus has released its first
circulating coins after declaring its 1991 independence from the
The National Bank of the Republic of Belarus on July 1, 2016, issued
a series of eight coins that were initially struck in 2009, shortly
after Belarus broke up its monetary union with Russia. United
States-based dealer Joel Anderson has recently acquired sets of the
new coins with an old date.
The July launch coincided with a redenomination or revaluation of
the Belarusian ruble, which lopped four zeroes off the currency,
meaning 10,000 rubles now equals 1 ruble. The redenomination process
began as early as 2008 with some note production and the 2009 coin
production, but was not finally implemented until this summer. Prior
to July, Belarus used only paper money in commerce; the only coins it
issued were commemoratives for sale to collectors.
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This full eight-coin set has the 1-, 2-, 5-, 10-, 20- and 50-copeck
pieces and 1- and 2-ruble coins.
The coins all feature the Belarus national emblem on one side and
the denomination and a traditional ornamental design on the other. The
2-ruble piece is a ringed-bimetallic coin with a lettered edge. The
1-ruble coin is composed of nickel-plated steel. The 50-, 20- and
10-copeck coins are made of brass-plated steel, and the 5-, 2- and
1-copeck pieces are composed of copper-plated steel. The coins
Anderson offers are Uncirculated, from original bank bags, and they
may have minor spots or nicks from sitting in storage all these years.
Anderson prices sets of the coins at $9.75 each; shipping and
handling charges will be added.
In addition to the coins, the National Bank of the Republic of
Belarus issued a new series of bank notes, as Coin World
reported earlier in 2016. Anderson is not carrying the notes.
To order the coins, visit his website.