||10 rubles 2008
MMZ - Moldavian Steel Works from Rībniža
32 mm diameter, 14.14 g, silver 92.5%, flat edge |
Obverse: denomination "10 RUBLEI" (Cyrillic), coat of arms of the self proclaimed republic of Transnistria (bearing hammer and sickle) over five circles - maybe bearing balls, over a stylized gearwheel inscription "PRIDNESTROVSKII RESPUBLIKANSKII BANK" (in Cyrillic and Russian) meaning "[TRANS] NISTRIAN REPUBLICAN BANK", year 2008
|Reverse: emblem of Moldavian Steel Works from Rībniža on an industrial background, inscription "SZAO MOLDAVSKII METALLURGICESKII ZAVOD" (with Cyrillic letters, in Russian) meaning "CJSC MOLDAVIAN STEEL WORKS", below inscription "· osnovan v 1985 godu ·" meaning "founded in 1985", everything over a stylized gearwheel
Mintage: 800 coins
The Moldavian Steel Works from Rībniža was founded in 1985, and is one of the largest steel producers of the world. In 1998 it was transformed into a joint stock company (JSC) type ZAO (zakrytoe actzionernoe obshchestvo - closed joint stock company). Letter S appearing on the coin before ZAO can be standing for "soedinenie", a possible translation of the English word joint.
Nowadays (October 2009) on the Russian version of MMZ web site the firm is described as OAO - open joint stock company, and, in the English version, both ways.
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.
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.