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, kopek, copeck
a monetary unit of Russia and Belarus worth one hundredth of a rouble: coins are still used as tokens for coin-operated machinery although the kopeck itself is virtually valueless
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(Russian, kopeika), a Russian small change coin, equivalent to 1/100 of a ruble. It was first coined in the 1530’s from silver. During the 16th and 17th centuries it was commonly known as a novgorodka. In 1704, Peter I introduced the copper kopek into circulation, and from 1718 on silver kopeks were no longer minted. Today in the USSR the kopek is made out of a yellow copper-zinc alloy.

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