Modern Belarus Commemoratives Very Strong
Heard recently from friend Alexander Shapiro in the Ukraine that the modern commemorative coins of Belarusare moving up in value. Seems that the low mintages and the growing collector base for these coins is driving a strong secondary market.
With moderately more common copper-nickel types I found myself adding $2 to $10 onto the Standard Catalog of World Coinvalues for many pieces, though not all. The silver commemoratives had more vibrant increases from $10 to $50 depending on the popularity of the event and the restriction of the mintage.
The 1/2 ounce silver 10 Roubles types from 1998 and 1999, for instance, had mintages at or below 2,000 pieces and saw increases this past year of about $25 each. KM#26, struck to honor Mikhas Lynkovthe Belarus author, is a good example, with a mintage of only 1,200, this proof silver coin went from $100 up to $125.