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Special Putin coin to be minted

Adam Pike, News Editor
23 Apr 2014, 10:05 a.m.

500 commemorative silver coins are to be minted to mark Russia’s takeover of Crimea. An image of Russian President Vladimir Putin will feature on one side of the coin and the Crimean peninsula on the other.

The silver coins will weigh 1kg and have been named - The Gatherer of the Russian Lands – a phrase which is associated with Ivan III, who expanded the Russian empire during his reign.

The Russian factory minting the coins is planning on gifting a number of the coins to members of the Russian leadership with the remainder going on general sale. Ironically an image Vladimir Putin appeared on Ukrainian coin in 2006 which was minted to celebrate 10 years of the Ukrainian currency, the Hryvnia.

View original source at: www.bbc.co.uk

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