Russia 10-RUBLES (Y308) Siberian Tiger
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 majestic Siberian Tiger, the largest living cat on the planet. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Russian government had plans to develop the area around the Caspian Sea, and those plans had no room for the tigers. The army was ordered to exterminate the cats, and they did the job very efficiently. Now a seriously endangered species, the Siberian Tiger is confined to far-eastern Siberia.
- Diameter: 25 mm
- Composition: Aluminum-Bronze in Copper-Nickel ring
- CAT#: Y308