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Published August 05, 2022 Updated August 05, 2022

Russian Cities Coats-of-Arms

Rossiia / Municipal Coats-of-Arms of Russian Federation.

Russia Heraldry

Sometimes also called “Russian Cities Coats-of-Arms” this is a 54 card pack with each card illustrating the coat-of-arms or crest of a Russian town or city. The reverse shows the Russian flag with the Russian coat-of-arms squarely centred.

Municipal Coats-of-Arms of Russian Federation Municipal Coats-of-Arms of Russian Federation
Municipal Coats-of-Arms of Russian Federation

Above: cards from “Russian Cities Coats-of-Arms” playing cards.

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By Peter Burnett

Member since July 27, 2022

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I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.

Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.

Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.


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