Russia 10-RUBLES (Y309) Central Asian Cobra
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 Central Asian Cobra (aka Indian Cobra) is found in places like Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, where it is protected in preserves. All three countries are not Russia, but had been just a year before this coin was issued.
- Diameter: 25 mm
- Composition: Aluminum-Bronze in Copper-Nickel ring
- CAT#: Y309