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  • 50 Kopecks 2009, KM# 566, Belarus
  • 50 Kopecks 2009, KM# 566, Belarus

Seven years after minting them, Belarus has released its first circulating coins after declaring its 1991 independence from the Soviet Union.

The National Bank of the Republic of Belarus on July 1, 2016, issued a series of eight coins that were initially struck in 2009, shortly after Belarus broke up its monetary union with Russia.

The July launch coincided with a redenomination or revaluation of the Belarusian ruble, which lopped four zeroes off the currency, meaning 10,000 rubles now equals 1 ruble. The redenomination process began as early as 2008 with some note production and the 2009 coin production but was not finally implemented. Prior to July 2016, Belarus used only paper money in commerce; the only coins it issued were commemoratives for sale to collectors.

Engraver: Svyatlana Nyakrasava


Depicts the national emblem of Belarus above the country name and the date.

The national emblem of Belarus features a ribbon in the colors of the national flag, a map of Belarus, wheat ears and a red star. It is sometimes referred to as the coat of arms of Belarus, although in heraldic terms this is inaccurate as the emblem does not respect the rules of conventional heraldry. The emblem is an allusion to one that was used by the Byelorussian SSR, designed by Ivan Dubasov in 1950, with the biggest change being a replacement of the Communist hammer and sickle with an outline map of Belarus.



Depicts a national ornament symbolizing fecundity and vital force to the right of the value.



50 Kopecks

KM# 566 Schön# 504
Material Brass Plated Steel
Weight 3.95 g
Diameter 22.25 mm
Thickness 1.55 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Kremnica Mint (MK)

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