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  • 10 Rubles 2006, Y# 948, Russia, Federation, Ancient Towns of Russia, Kargopol
  • 10 Rubles 2006, Y# 948, Russia, Federation, Ancient Towns of Russia, Kargopol

In 2002 the Central Bank of the Russian Federation began an annual program that each year commemorates some of their historical towns on bi-metallic 10 Ruble coins. The coins picture the city and its arms on one side and has the standard Russian 10 Ruble obverse on the other. Unlike a lot of coin programs throughout the world there is no set regularity to the number of coins released each year in this series, with some years seeing 4 coins issued and other years only 3.

Kargopol, situated on both banks of the Onega River in Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia, serves as the administrative center of Kargopolsky District. Its founding dates back to at least 1146 when it was a trade station for the Novgorod Republic. As a key trade center, it played a significant role in the 13th and 14th centuries and later provided refuge to Dmitry Shemyaka in 1447. Positioned on the historic Moscow-Arkhangelsk route, Kargopol thrived, especially with the operations of the Muscovy Company in the 16th century. Despite withstanding sieges during the Time of Troubles, Kargopol gradually declined in importance after Russia gained access to the Baltic Sea and established St. Petersburg. Notably, Alexander Baranov, the inaugural governor of Russian America (Alaska), was born in Kargopol.

Issue date: 02.10.2006


Depicts the inscriptions along the circumference BANK OF RUSSIA at the top and date at the bottom. There are images of branches of the bay tree and oak tree on the left and on the right of the outer ring, respectively, their elements extending onto the disc. The number ‘10’ and the inscription RUBLES below denoting the face value of the coin are in the centre of the disc. The digit ‘0’ features a security element inside in the form of the figure ‘10’ and the inscription RUB visible at various viewing angles to the coin surface. The Moscow Mint trademark is at the bottom of the disc.



Depicts an architectural panorama of the town, above the coat of arms of Kargopol, over it on a ribbon the semicircular inscription: ANCIENT TOWNS OF RUSSIA, below the inscription along the rim KARGOPOL.

Coat of Arms of Kargopol: On a blue field, a ram lying in flames on firewood.

Artist: A. D. Schablykin
Sculptor: A. I. Molostov



300 corrugations and the inscription ДЕСЯТЬ РУБЛЕЙ (TEN RUBLES) recurring twice and divided by asterisks


10 Rubles

Y# 948 Schön# 937 CBR# 5514-0041
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Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Brass
Center Cupronickel
Weight 8.4 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 2.1 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Moscow Mint (MMD)

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