Soviet Money

So, ever wonder what the famous Soviet Ruble looked like?  Here's one from right before the fall of the Soviet Union.
Ruble - front view Ruble - back view

And for all you numismatists, here's a 1983 proof set.  For those who aren't excited by such things, this at least gives a good view of all the denominations of coins used in the late USSR, and in good condition too.  The ruble was divided into 100 kopecks.  Ignore that square-sided one, by the way; that's a token from the Leningrad mint or something.
Proof set - Obverse Proof set - Reverse

Ukrainian Money

How about that big breadbasked of the USSR, Ukraine?  Unlike many other former republics, it chose to give its money a different name from "ruble".  During our engagement, my (now) wife and I took a took a trip to Antarctica, and while there we visited Ukraine's only station down there, Akademik Vernadsky.  At the station's small gift shop, I picked up one of their coins.  So here is a Ukrainian Grivna (plural Grivni):
Grivna obverse Grivna reverse

Estonian Money

A funny thing happened with Baltic money--at least in Estonia, but probably Latvia and Lithuania too.  After the Soviets annexed them in 1939, people apparently hoarded their old Baltic currency, and when independence returned, they celebrated by putting it back in circulation along with their countries' new money, which was identical to the old (it was probably minted with the same dies).  When my parents visited Estonia in the '90s, they brought me some Estonian coins, since I collect.  As I looked them over, I noticed some of them were from the interwar period.  Mom and Dad had no idea--they had assumed it was all new money.  Here's an example of what the coins look like side by side (the coin on the left is dated 1934, not 1954):
      


I've always wished they had visited Latvia (and maybe Lithuania) on that trip too!