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  • 10 Rubles 2003, Y# 818, Russia, Federation, Ancient Towns of Russia, Kasimov
  • 10 Rubles 2003, Y# 818, Russia, Federation, Ancient Towns of Russia, Kasimov

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.

Kasimov (Tatar: Qasím) is a town in Ryazan Oblast, Russia, located on the left bank of the Oka River.

The first population of this area was a Finnic tribe called the Meshchyora, later assimilated by Russians and Tatars. The town was founded in 1152 by the Vladimir-Suzdal ruler Yuri Dolgorukiy as Grodets, then Gorodets Meschyorsky. It was included in the Mishar Yurt division of the Golden Horde, but then was sold to Muscovy.

In 1376, the town was destroyed by the Mongol invaders, but was soon rebuilt as Novy Nizovoy. After the Battle of Suzdal in 1445 (in which Grand Duke Vasily II was taken prisoner), the Meschyora lands were given to Oluğ Möxämmäd, Khan of Kazan Khanate as a ransom for the sovereign's life.

In 1452, Great Duke Vasily II of the Grand Duchy of Moscow gave this town to Kazan prince Qasim Khan, who served as tribute inspector of the Great Horde, but then came to Russian service. By other accounts, Qasim and his brother Yosif fled from Kazan after losing their bid for the throne against their brother Mäxmüd. After 1471, the town was known as Qasím city. It remained the capital of Qasim Khanate until 1681 when the khanate was re-absorbed into Russia.

Issue date: 06.10.2003


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 Saint Petersburg Mint trademark is at the bottom of the disc.



Depicts the scenic panorama of the town situated on a riverside, with the coat of arms of Kasimov positioned above it. In the foreground, there is a steamship sailing on the river. A semicircular inscription on a ribbon reads "ANCIENT TOWNS OF RUSSIA," while below it, along the rim, the name "KASIMOV" is inscribed.

The coat of arms of Kasimov features a blue heraldic shield with an ancient golden ship's base placed inside it. This signifies that this place has been historically associated with the supply of timber for shipbuilding, which surrounded Kasimov.

The sculpted bow of the ship's base serves as a reminder of Kasimov's unique history as the centre of the Kasimov Tsardom in the 15th to 17th centuries and is topped with a crown.

As a symbol of the city's administrative belonging to the Ryazan Oblast, in the upper left (right from the viewer's perspective) corner of the shield, there is a gold-free part (a special square) with a rounded corner. Inside it, there is an ancient green princely cap, representing the headgear worn by the princes in the regional coat of arms. The cap is adorned with black sable fur, above which a golden ornament called the "town" is placed, symbolizing the "Tree of Life." Additionally, there is a blue gemstone of the same colour as the heraldic shield, signifying the precious stone of Kasimov city in the crown of the Ryazan Oblast.



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


10 Rubles

Y# 818 Schön# 760 CBR# 5514-0019
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
Saint Petersburg Mint (SPMD)

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