Coins are pretty much the guaranteed find when out on the beach. Sometimes I come across a few together (a pocket lost all at once), and occasionally something special.

In this case, what I originally thought was a nickel turned out to be a Russian ruble at inspection time! It’s the first Russian coin I’ve found on the beach. At the moment, one Russian ruble is worth about 0.016 of a U.S. Dollar. So I’m not going to bank anytime soon!

However, this particular coin was minted in 2008 making it worth perhaps as much as a dollar (if it were in good condition)! The composition is “Cupronickel” which is copper-nickel – an alloy of copper containing nickel, iron and manganese.