On Christmas Day, 1991, the Iron Curtain finally came down as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics collapsed and 15 new independent nations were born. The collapse ended its run as one of the two superpowers that dominated the world stage for half a century. During the Cold War the USSR and its Warsaw Pact affiliates vied for global supremacy against the United States and its NATO allies. We competed with them for technological superiority. We constantly tried to outdo each other in the race to outer space. Meanwhile, across the globe the intelligence agencies – the CIA and KGB – worked through sabotage, propaganda and even assassination. In the end, we won the war, but not without tremendous cost. The kopek coins and the ruble banknote in this collection were the last currency issues circulating in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. First minted in 1961—the year the Berlin Wall was built—the coins circulated during the terms of her most famous leaders, from Nikita Kruschev to Mikhael Gorbachev. Comes in deluxe folio with storycard.