Russia 50-RUBLES (Y371) Greater Flamingo
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.
The Greater Flamingo is one of six Flamingo species in the world, and one of only two species in the 'old world'. The Greater Flamingo is the largest in size, and the most wide-spread species. It is doubtful they breed in Russia, but populations south of there may sometimes fly a short-distance north to visit. Or, they escaped from zoos. They are not endangered, and their inclusion in the Red Data Book series seems odd.
- Diameter: 25 mm
- Composition: Aluminum-Bronze in Copper-Nickel ring
- CAT#: Y371