About this site

Author of the site

Ivan, ciscoins@yandex.ru


Status of the site

- The site is completely non-profit. Advertising is not being placed.
- Links to other sites are provided only in case when these sites have the same theme and contain a lot of useful information (i.e. are not "nonentities" with a great name and scanty content).
- Information from the site can be freely and without notifying the author used for non-commercial purposes, i.e. in Wikipedia and other non-commercial sites that do not have advertising, or in print distributed free of charge. When using a large amount of information, it is necessary to make a link to this website.
- Commercial use of information from this site is possible only with the written consent of the author of the site


How you can help the site

- Confirm the existence of a year of issue by sending me scans of coins from your collection, with the size of the image of each side not less than 500x500 pixels
- Complete information about the specifications of coins, mints, names of the designers, etc.
- Find misprints, inaccuracies in the translation
- Place a link to this site on other sites with similar subjects


Sources of information for the site

- The unique content of this site are the large images, self-measured specifications (diameter, thickness, weight) and descriptions of the coins' sides
- Specifications of coins that I couldn't measure myself have been temporarily taken from other catalogs; later they will be replaced with self-measured
- Minor images to represent the comparative sizes of the coins are also sometimes (if I didn't have any coin of a type) temporarily taken from other websites; later they will be replaced with my own
- Information on the mintages, metals, mints, names of designers and periods of circulation is taken from official sources, or, in their absence, from other catalogs (and I prefered national catalogs, if available)



All the internationally recognized, partly recognized and unrecognized countries within the territory of the former USSR



Since 1991 until today


Types of coins

Taken into account:
- Coins of non-precious metals and plastic, which were intended for circulation and really circulated
- Coins issued only for sets
- Local issues

Not taken into account:
- Commemorative coin-like products not intended for real circulation, even if a small number of them occasionally appeared there
- Private issues
- Trial coins


Principles of description

- the existence of each year of issue of every coin, and each variety of each year, must be confirmed at least with an image
- all sizes of coins, where it was possible, I measured myself
- I call the obverse that side of a coin at which people look first to determine its nominal value; usually this is the side where the denomination is written in digits or, in their absence, in words
- die varieties, i.e. differences in small details were not taken into account; only the most significant varieties of coins were described (for example, by the presence or absence of a mint mark)


Presentation of material

- Coins are systematized not by type, as it is usually made in catalogs, but by years of issue. All the years are shown in a single table. When there are several varieties of the same denomination and year, they are not shown in the tables
- Detailed description of the coins and their varieties is provided on the pages covering all known coins of a country in a decade
- The pictures with the comparative sizes of coins almost never show changes in designs; only important changes in size and metal are taken into account (yellow - reddish - silver white - aluminum white); and if it's possible, they show the images of the first coins of this size and color
- To describe the sides of a coin I used standard expressions ("denomination in digits", "denomination in words", "name of the country", "coat of arms", "year of issue", etc.) That reduces the size of the description and simplifies its translation into other languages​​. Anything that can not be described with typical expressions, is described in more detail, including all the translations of inscriptions. Graphical design is usually not described at all, unless it consists of separate, easily distinguishable, not abstract elements.
- For each coin I provided the catalog number from Krause's and Schoen's catalogs. But since these numbers are absolutely not informative, I gave each coin its own number in the following format:

1) country (code according to ISO 3166-1)
2) year of issue
3) denomination
4) number among the coins of this denomination and year

Letters used for the denominations:

A   --   1/4 of a hundredth part of a currency unit (none at this part of the site)
B   --   1/2 of a hundredth part of a currency unit (none at this part of the site)
C   --   1/100 of a currency unit
D   --   2/100 of a currency unit
E   --   3/100 of a currency unit
F   --   5/100 of a currency unit
G   --   10/100 of a currency unit
H   --   15/100 of a currency unit
I   --   20/100 of a currency unit
J   --   25/100 of a currency unit
K   --   50/100 of a currency unit
L   --   1 currency unit
M   --   2 currency units
N   --   3 currency units
O   --   5 currency units
P   --   10 currency units
Q   --   20 currency units
R   --   25 currency units
S   --   50 currency units
T   --   100 currency units
U   --   200 currency units
V   --   500 currency units
W   --   1000 currency units
X   --   other denominations
Y   --   all denominations of local issues (Svalbard)
Z   --   without denomination (Tatarstan)


Technical moments

- All pages are made exclusively in html, scripts are not used (except for the counters of visits). This allows to speed up the loading of the site at the computers with a low speed internet connection.
- Pages are optimized for the screen size of 1024x768 pixels.
- The site is being updated approximately once a year