Precious memory of Moscow

June 22, 2017 — 00:00
— Update: Jun. 19 2017 — 09:28

June 22, 2017 — 00:00
— Update: Jun. 19 2017 — 09:28

They say you should leave a coin in a place you want to return to. Or you could bring a coin back from a city you like, and make it one to remember. The Russian Otkritie Bank* provides you with an excellent chance to do just that.

Many tourists come to Moscow and, of course, they want to take souvenirs of the Russian capital back with them as a keepsake. There is a wide choice of souvenirs, such as traditional nesting dolls and painted wooden handicraft, black caviar and the famous Baltic amber. However, matryoshka dolls and those caps with earflaps that people from warm places love so much have become commonplace — no more a surprise than a bottle of vodka. Those who are in Russia not for the first time, or who have friends and acquaintances who have already been here, especially feel this. 

At the same time, many tourists miss an excellent opportunity not only to preserve the memory of the visit, but also to acquire an original and unique gift — a coin of precious metal. 

It’s understandable. After all, few people think of a bank as a place where you can buy a memorable gift. Going to the bank is rarely associated with pleasant memories. But that’s not really the case, since you’ll find practically the best choice of gold and silver coins at some of the best prices in Moscow at Otkritie Bank, the largest private bank in Russia**. 

The St. George the Victorious coin is among the most popular. This coin, made of high-quality Russian .999 gold, is an excellent souvenir — St. George is depicted on the coatof- arms of Moscow. It contains 7.78 grams of pure gold, and costs about the same as half a kilo of black caviar. The caviar will be eaten sooner or later, but the coin will remain, and it can even be part of your legacy. 

Coins commemorating the 2014 Sochi Olympics are sold at a comparable price, and those who want to get the 2018 FIFA World Cup gold can do so today — the coins are already on sale.

The St. George the Victorious coin is among the most popular. This coin, made of high-quality Russian. 999 gold, is an excellent souvenir — St. George is depicted on the coat-of-arms of Moscow.


It should be noted that, in Moscow, souvenirs are quite expensive. For example, for the price of a St. George the Victorious gold coin, you can buy only two silver-plated — not even silver — cup holders with Russian symbols on them, or one decent amber pendant. 

All these coins are for investment, that is, their price is close to the price of the gold contained in them. They are both souvenirs and investments, because their price grows along with the price of gold. Keep export restrictions in mind, however. You can easily take valuables worth less than $10,000 across the border. You can show customs officials documents issued by the bank to confirm the cost of the coins being exported. Although these coins are official payment instruments of the Russian Federation with a face value of 50 rubles (about $1), customs officials will most likely valuate them at the cost of the gold they contain. 

The bank sells not only gold, but also silver coins. These are relatively inexpensive, but they can weigh up to 1 kg.

Collectors may be interested in commemorative coins. They are more expensive, but much rarer. Some of the coins were issued 10-15 years ago and are hard to find on the market — for example, there was a series of coins commemorating Russian ballet released in the 1990s. 

Volcanoes of Kamchatka was a very limited edition in 2008, and in 2009 coins were dedicated to the Russian writers Chekhov and Gogol. Coins depicting Russian monasteries are also quite rare. A kilogram of silver, especially in such an original form, is a gift worthy of the richest man.

The bank also offers a large selection of collectable coins from foreign countries. Some of them the bank offers exclusively, for example, coins dedicated to the cult Soviet animated film “The Hedgehog in the Fog.” There are also combined options, for example, a silver coin with a gold inset in the shape of a horseshoe, a symbol of luck, as well as coins dedicated to historical events and even images of Russian saints. 

Bank Otkritie branches are located throughout Moscow, especially within the Garden Ring, where most of Moscow’s highlights are to be found. Purchasing a coin in the bank takes just a few minutes — all you need is your passport with you. Every department has a consultant who can recommend which coins are best for you. For all foreign guests, English-language service is provided by trained specialists. The telephone number of this service can be seen at the entrance to each branch. 

Some offices of Otkritie Bank are especially convenient. One of those is the Nikitsky branch on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street. It is located near the Moscow Conservatory and in the immediate vicinity of the Kremlin. The large office on Verkhnaya Radishchevskaya Street, near the legendary Stalin skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya Embankment, offers an assortment of large silver coins. Visitors to the city may also like the Smolensky office, located next to one of the architectural landmarks of Moscow — the Foreign Ministry high-rise, as well as one of its most famous streets — the Arbat. And speaking of emotions and memories that a visit to the bank can make, you can expect a completely new impression here. This premium bank office has very special interiors and is combined with a cozy coffeehouse. So bring the children. They will enjoy it too.

* PJSC Bank FC Otkritie, operating under the brand name Otkritie Bank. General License No. 2209 of 24.11.2014 issued by the Bank of Russia. 

** According to the Interfax-CEA rating based on Russian-standard financial statements for Q1 2017.

Detailed information about the service is available on the following site: https://www.open.ru/en, or at +7 495 232-25-14 (Mon. through Sat., 9:00 to 20:00). 

Smolensky Branch 

Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square, 27, Building 1 , Moscow 119121 

Tel.: +7 495 232-25-14

  • PAO Bank “FC Otkritie” Letnikovskaya St. 2, Building 4, Moscow 115114 Bank of Russia General License 2209 of 24.11.2014 

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