Russia is the largest country on earth by surface area and ranks sixth in terms of population. Located in northern Eurasia, it spans almost half the globe from east to west and about 2 500 mi from north to south. Russia is rich in a wide range of natural resources, including timber, metals, coal, rare earth elements, and one of the world's largest natural gas reserves.

The Bank of Russia issues commemorative coins of precious and non-precious metals highly popular in Russia and abroad. Sochi 2014, Architectural Monuments of Russia, Outstanding Personalities of Russia, Red Data Book and Lunar Calendar are among the most renowned coin series. Struck at Moscow and St. Petersburg mints, Russian coins possess high artistic standard and quality.