Pamela R. writes: A third grade student at our school found a coin on the playground. It appears to be Russian; it has CCCP and the word “koneek” on it. However, the “n” in koneek isn’t really an “n”, it looks more like the symbol for pi. Can you tell us anything about this coin? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.
Russia uses the Cyrillic alphabet. CCCP were the initials of The Union of Socialist Soviet Republics, what we use to call the Soviet Union. The word is kopeck (100 kopeck=1 ruble). You are correct about the letter “Pi”. Cyrillic is a modified Greek alphabet.