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  • 10 Rubles 2002, Y# 740, Russia, Federation, Ancient Towns of Russia, Kostroma
  • 10 Rubles 2002, Y# 740, Russia, Federation, Ancient Towns of Russia, Kostroma

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 Rubles coins. The coins picture the city and its arms on the reverse. 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.

Kostroma is a city in Russia, the capital of the Kostroma region, standing on both banks of the Volga River. Kostroma is one of the cities of the well-known tourist route “The Golden Ring of Russia”.

Kostroma was first mentioned in chronicles in 1213. The official foundation date is believed to be 1152, Yury Dolgoruky was the founder of the town. In 1238, it was captured and sacked by the Mongol army. Later, Kostroma was bought by the Moscow State Tsar Ivan I.

Kostroma was captured by Polish armies two times. Ivan Susanin became one of the most known Russian heroes of these wars with Poles. There are several monuments dedicated to him in Kostroma.

In 1612, Kostroma was the place where the Moscow delegation offered Mikhail Romanov the Russian crown. It was the end of the Russian “Time of Troubles” and the beginning of Romanov’s dynasty reigning on the throne of Russia.

Date of issue: 27.06.2002


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 Ostrovsky bower against the background of the Ipatievsky Monastery, an image of the municipal arms of Kostroma at the upper right, and the inscriptions on the outer ring: ANCIENT TOWNS OF RUSSIA along the upper circumference and KOSTROMA along the lower circumference.

The Ipatiev Monastery (Hypatian Monastery) is a male monastery, situated on the bank of the Kostroma River just opposite the city of Kostroma. It was founded around 1330 by a Tatar convert, Prince Chet, whose male-line descendants include Solomonia Saburova and Boris Godunov and dedicated to St. Hypatios of Gangara.



300 corrugations and the inscription TEN RUBLES recurring twice and divided by asterisks


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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