American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

Drachmas, Doubloons and Dollars: The History of Money

Coins of the World


As in Germany, Russia was governed by an imperial monarchy at the beginning of the century. This was overthrown in 1917 by Lenin and the Bolsheviks. For the next seven decades, Russia was governed by the communist Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed into numerous independent states.

Silver ruble (1909) with a portrait of Czar Nicholas II (1894-1917).


Silver 50 kopek (1922) of the Soviet government depicting the well-known hammer and sickle emblem of Russian communism.


Silver commemorative ruble (1998) of the Commonwealth of Independent States which restores the old symbol of the Russian imperial eagle to the coinage.