1992 USSR OLYMPIC PROOF SET 6 COMMEMORATIVE COINS 1992
This official proof set was issued by the USSR in 1991 to commemorate the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. The coins were designed and engraved by the distinguished Russian metallist Alexander Baklanov. They depict the sports of cycling, weight lifting, Olympic wrestling, javelin throwing, track and long jumping. Minted as official coin of the realm, each coin bears the coat of arms of the USSR. The six-coin proof set is a true collector's item, for it represents the official coinage of a country that no longer exists. The coins had already been minted when, in September 1992, most of the union republics that comprised the Soviet Union declared their independence. Furthermore, this proof set pays tribute to an Olympic team that does not represent a single country. Each coin is a one Rouble denomination minted in copper nickel. Only 250,000 proofs of these coins were minted, and there were just 50,000 sets available in the United States.