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Mystery coin
Mystery coin  

Mystery coin
Mystery coin  
Was wondering if you are familiar with this coin where its from

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Hello,
This is outside my expertise but I can give you an answer. It was certainly issued by the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, some time around 1990-1993, and it looks like a medal for good results in school/study, perhaps 1st Prize or something like that, hence the opened book on reverse. It's not a circulating coin used for purchasing goods and services.
Hope that helps. The metal looks like some base yellow alloy such as brass or bronze, I pretty much doubt it's low title gold but just in case you can have it tested for gold at a local jeweler (should take a few minutes to test it, tell him to look for 10 karats gold or something like that). I know of school medals issued in low title gold by the Soviet Republic of Moldavia around the same time, that's why I mentioned that.

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I can answer questions regarding certain Eastern European medieval coins, especially coins issued in Wallachia / Walachei/ Transalpina / Tara Romaneasca, Moldavia / Moldawien / Moldau / Moldova, Transylvania / Siebenbürgen / Transilvania for which I can usually make rough estimates of value based on past public sales. Medieval coinage of Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary is also a field of interest but I usually can provide only identification, not evaluation, because of insufficient bibliography. Questions about coins of the Ottoman Empire and of the Golden Horde might get answer if you allow double of the usual time of 2 days. I cannot answer questions about medieval coins of Western European states or any Russian coins except Sadagura issues (1771-1774), nor questions about ancient or modern coins. NOTE: I will need to see at least a decent picture or a scan of any specific coin you ask about (with both sides, obverse and reverse). Please do not ask what a coin is worth without sending clear images of it along with your question.

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Over 20 years of coin collecting as a hobby (ended, switching to study of other public and private collections), access to good numismatic libraries and various online and offline resources.

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Member of Romanian Numismatic Society.

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Cercetari Numismatice (Bucuresti)/ Numismatic Research (Bucharest).

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Biochemistry graduate, History undergraduate.

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