When it comes to “cash or credit,” the Central Bank of Russia is
turning the question on its head.
On Dec. 15, the bank issued a noncirculating legal tender
commemorative coin that celebrates the first credit card in the
country. The Proof .925 fine silver 3 ruble coin is even shaped like a
The obverse of the coin bears an image of the state coat of arms of
the Russian Federation, with inscriptions translating to “Russian
Federation” and “Bank of Russia.” The denomination and year of issue,
2015, also appear, with symbols indicating the metal, purity and the
Mint mark of the Saint Petersburg Mint.
The reverse side of the coin reproduces a credit card, with 16
“account number” digits, gold accents, and an apparent hologram (of
the ruble symbol) meant to mimic security traits employed in actual
credit cards. An inscription toward the upper part of the design
translates to “Issue of the first payment card NSPK.”
The coin weighs 31.1 grams and measures 51 millimeters wide and 32
millimeters tall. The mintage limit is 5,000 pieces.
Interested collectors will have to search the secondary market to
obtain this coin.