Russian Empire, Catherine II the Great, 10 Kopecks 1779

The colonization of Siberia began around 1580, when an expedition of Cossacks overthrew the Sibir Khanate. From now on, Russia quickly spread its power eastwards. Catherine II (1762-1796) was the first of the tsars to issue coins especially for Siberia. This 10 kopeck-coin depicts her monogram on the obverse, while the reverse shows two sables holding a shield with the denomination of the coin.