Russia 10-RUBLES (Y307) Red-breasted Goose
After the fall of the USSR in 1991, the Russian Federation carried on with the ruble it had been using since 1961. (This being the 'sixth ruble' -- the ruble itself goes back over 500 years.) In 1992, three 10 ruble coins were issued in the Red Data Book series, then in 1993-94 another ten coins were issued in the series, all 50 ruble pieces. (I am not counting precious metal and proof-only issues.) By this time, hyper-inflation was well under way, and by 1998 one-thousand of these rubles would be worth only one new ruble.
The Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) nests in the Arctic, which gives it lots of Russian territory to call home. This small goose is an endangered species.
- Diameter: 25 mm
- Composition: Aluminum-Bronze in Copper-Nickel ring
- CAT#: Y307