Russia 50-RUBLES (Y330) Himilayan Brown Bear
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 first 50 ruble coin of the series, issued in 1993, features the Himalayan Brown Bear, who would be far out of its home range if it was wandering around in eastern Russia.
- Diameter: 25 mm
- Composition: Aluminum-Bronze in Copper-Nickel ring
- CAT#: Y330