A Russian factory has produced 25 palm-sized silver coins bearing President Vladimir Putin's face to commemorate Crimea's "reunification" with Russia, state media reported on Tuesday.
“Crimea's reunification with Russia was a historic event which we decided to embody in a souvenir collection of coins made of 925 grade silver,” said Vladimir Vasyukhinsaid, the director of the factory in Yekaterinburg, Russia, according to ITAR-TASS.
Each coin weighs about 2.2 lbs. and features Putin's portrait on one side and a map of Crimea on the other. The makers had not decided how much to charge for each, the news agency reported.
Last month, Russia annexed Crimea soon after the strategically important peninsula voted to separate from the rest of Ukraine.
F. Brinley Bruton
First published April 22 2014, 6:41 AM