Russia 50-RUBLES (Y370) Peregrine Falcon
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 Peregrine Falcon is the world's most widespread bird of prey, found almost everywhere except the far polar regions, and New Zealand. Once an endangered species mainly due to pesticide use, conservation efforts have resulted in a 'least concern' status for the Peregrine. Two of the nineteen recognized subspecies cover most of Russia.
- Diameter: 25 mm
- Composition: Aluminum-Bronze in Copper-Nickel ring
- CAT#: Y370