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  • 3 Rubles 2021, CBR# 5111-0451, Russia, Federation, Russian Animation, Masha and the Bear
  • 3 Rubles 2021, CBR# 5111-0451, Russia, Federation, Russian Animation, Masha and the Bear

Masha and the Bear (Russian: Маша и Медведь) is a Russian animated television series created by Oleg Kuzovkov and produced by Animaccord Animation Studio, loosely based on the oral children's folk story of the same name. The show focuses on the adventures of a little girl named Masha and her caring friend, the bear that always keeps her safe from disasters. The first episode was released in 2009. The series has been translated into 42 languages and was broadcast almost in every part of the world.

Many of the episodes have been successful on YouTube. In particular, the Russian-language version of the episode "Маша плюс каша" ("Recipe for Disaster") has more than 4.40 billion views as of July 2021, making it the site's sixth most viewed video of all time, and the most viewed video on YouTube that is not a music video.

The show consists of five seasons. Season 5, launched in June 2020 was the first Russian-produced animated TV show to have been released in 4K.

Date of issue: 19.10.2021


In the centre the relief image of the National Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation, above the semicircular inscription along the rim THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION framed on both sides by ornamental elements of doubled rhombuses, in the lower part of the disc, at the edge the horizontal inscription 3 RUBLES and the date 2021 under it, over it to the right the mint trade mark.

The two main elements of Russian state symbols (the two-headed eagle and the mounted figure slaying the dragon) predate Peter the Great. Today, however, the official description does not refer to the rider on the central shield as representing Saint George, mainly in order to maintain the secular character of the modern Russian state. The imperial crowns on each head stand for the unity and sovereignty of Russia, both as a whole and in its constituent republics and regions. The orb and scepter grasped in the eagle's talons are traditional heraldic symbols of sovereign power and authority. They have been retained in the modern Russian arms despite the fact that the Russian Federation is not a monarchy.

Artist: E. V. Kramskaya
Sculptor: A. A. Dolgopolova

Ag 925 31,1
2021 г.


Depicts a coloured image of the characters of ‘Masha and the Bear’ animation film against the background of a relief image of the interior of the Bear’s house, at the top there is a coloured inscription: ‘Masha and the Bear’. There is a framed circus advert behind Masha with the juggling bear and words "CIRCUS" in Russian.

‘Masha and the Bear’ is the first Russian animated series that speaks the same language with children and adults all over the world while telling about the friendship of the little girl Masha and the Bear, a former circus performer. The interaction between the characters of the series reflects the relations between a child who gets to know the world and an adult trying to help the child in this difficult endeavour.

Masha (a diminutive form of Maria) is about a 6-year-old girl who is portrayed as naughty and hyperactive and always thinks about playing.

The bear is a retired circus Kamchatka brown bear who lives in a house hollowed out of a tree in the forest. He is a huge bear with a big heart and he is Masha's father-like figure, as well as a friendly figure to her.

Artist: A. D. Schablykin
Sculptor: A. N. Bessonov

Маша и Медведь


300 corrugations

3 Rubles

CBR# 5111-0451
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 31.1 g
Diameter 39 mm
Thickness 3.3 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Saint Petersburg Mint (SPMD)

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