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This is a 5-3/8 in. x 3-3/8 in. plastic rectangle with the first silver coinage of the USSR, 1921-1923. The set consists of 1 Rouble, 10,15, 20 and 50 Kopeks. On the reverse is the Hammer and Sickle and other designs.

Bob

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I drug out my book and looked them up.

10 Kopeks- 1.8000g. 0.500silver, .0289 oz. ASW

15 Kopeks-2.7000g. 0.500 silver, .0434 oz ASW

20 Kopeks-3.6000g. 0.500 silver, .0578 oz ASW

50 Kopeks-.9.9980g. .900 silver, .2893 oz. ASW

1 Rouble-.19.9960g. .900 silver, .5876 oz. ASW

Bob

Nice coins, would be interested to learn the silver content of them?

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I drug out my book and looked them up.

10 Kopeks- 1.8000g. 0.500silver, .0289 oz. ASW

15 Kopeks-2.7000g. 0.500 silver, .0434 oz ASW

20 Kopeks-3.6000g. 0.500 silver, .0578 oz ASW

50 Kopeks-.9.9980g. .900 silver, .2893 oz. ASW

1 Rouble-.19.9960g. .900 silver, .5876 oz. ASW

Bob

Russian coins of that era with this much silver content, it would be very interesting to see if they kept that amount, during the whole CCCP era. I may well try and obtain a 1 Rouble, as it a lovely looking coin!

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The second set of coins 1924-1931 that I did another post on have the same silver content and ASW as the 1921-1923 set.

Bob

Russian coins of that era with this much silver content, it would be very interesting to see if they kept that amount, during the whole CCCP era. I may well try and obtain a 1 Rouble, as it a lovely looking coin!

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I thought these very interesting - and such an early date for the Communist Regime . However, I have a question - the stamped lettering is in English. Was this done at the time to earn Foreign exchange - or, have they been boxed at a later time in the UK or, US ?

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Mervyn,

I have no idea why the use of English on the coins as they are standard coinage. The reason I purchased them years ago was for the hammer and sickle design on the reverse.

Bob

I thought these very interesting - and such an early date for the Communist Regime . However, I have a question - the stamped lettering is in English. Was this done at the time to earn Foreign exchange - or, have they been boxed at a later time in the UK or, US ?

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..love those old soviet coins, actually some time ago i use to have one mounted on a ring.

"Warm greetings from Mexico"

Strelka.

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The first soviet silver coins had a lot in common with the late Czarist coins. They contained the silver weight which corresponded with the value of the coin and the edge contains the value in zolotnik and doli (the Russian weight system), so (providing you were literate) you could see exactly how much silver the coin contained (I suspect this was especially important in the eastern and central asian areas), the edge on the first communist coins are virtually identical to those of the Czarist issues of the previous century, there only difference, no Czar. Later as state contralled economics took over the coinage became purely token. The last silver coinage were the 15 and 20 kopecks of 1931. Not until the 1970s when the Soviets released they could get valuable foreign reserves for selling gold and silver coins to foreign investors was any precious metal coin issued.

Paul

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