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100 roubles 2009
Year of the Earth Ox
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32 mm diameter, 14.14 g, silver 92.5%, flat edge
Obverse: denomination "100 RUBLEI" (Cyrillic), coat of arms of the self proclaimed republic of Transnistria (bearing hammer and sickle), inscription "PRIDNESTROVSKII RESPUBLIKANSKII BANK" (in Cyrillic and Russian) meaning "[TRANS] NISTRIAN REPUBLICAN BANK", year 2009, below the silver fineness - Ag 925
Reverse: an ox represented in Chinese style, inscription GOD ZEMLEANOVO BYKA (in Russian, Cyrillic) meaning YEAR OF THE EARTH OX, year 2009 and a Chinese hierogliph representing the year of the ox

Mintage: 500 coins

Year 2009 approximately corresponds to the Chinese year of the earth ox (approximately, because the Chinese year does not begin on January 1st). The Chinese zodiac uses a 60 year cycle. Each year is governed by an animal and an element. The twelve animals are, in order: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The five elements are metal, wood, water, fire and earth.

This is a coin issued by Transnistria. Knowing one might rightfully be wondering what is Transnistria about, we tried to depict on the site the issue as best as we could. Click the links below to clarify yourself.

Transnistria Then and Now | Transnistrian Coinage

For further information confront the Modern and contemporary history section inside the Brief and Comprehensive History of Romanians and Romania page.

Why Transnistrian Coins on Romanian Coins?

Because Transnistrian coins are held in their pockets and used as such by Romanian speaking Romanians on their native land.

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