Unopened (but Emptied) Can of Genuine Russian “9 Rouble” Coca Cola Commemorative Athens 2004 Olympics “Olympic Wreath” - from Novosibirsk (East Siberian) Russia.
Four Panel Can. One side reads “Coca-Cola” (in English). One side reads “Athens 2004 – Coca Cola – Worldwide Partner”. One side depicts the “emblem” of the Olympics, an olive branch wreath. The last side gives bottling information (in Cyrillic).
NOTE: This offering is for ONE collectible can. It is NOT for a six-pack. NOT for a 12 pack. NOT for a truckload. It is for ONE collectible can, as stated.
FAQ: Why So Expensive?
Just back from Russia, a number of my friends, die-hard Coca-Cola collectors, asked me to bring back hard-to-find cans of Russian Coca-Cola which commemorated the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Here’s one of the varieties, an unopened (but emptied) 0.33 litre can of a special promotional Russian Coca-Cola depicting the “emblem” of the Olympic games, an olive branch wreath. Not only does this can commemorate the Olympic Games, it is also a promotional “9 Rouble” can which commemorates the battle between giants Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Battling rival Pepsi for the market in Russia, Coca-Cola recently introduced a special 9 Rouble “Suggested Retail Price” on their products. Of course, despite heavy advertising it is a “suggested” price. We purchased them at a store very similar to a Costco, or Sam’s Club/Wal*Mart – and they were 9.50 roubles.
Coca-Cola is not only locked in a fierce battle with Pepsi in Russia, but must also compete against locally produced soda pop which costs only one-third that of Coke or Pepsi. The price of 9 roubles is only about 30 cents in America. But to a Russian bank teller (for example), it is two hours wages. Bottled in Novosibirsk, Russia (in Eastern Siberia), the unopened can is entirely written in Cyrillic characters with the exception of the words \"Coca-Cola\", “Coke”, and “Athens 2004”. The can is in great condition, no big dents or big scratches, just the normal minor marks of distribution through the retail chain. As you can see, the background of the can is colored with alternating swirled bands of red (subtlety different shades) with lots of carbonation bubbles depicted – a quite festive appearance.
The can is divided into four “faces”. One face shows the name “Coca-Cola” written vertically in the trademark script, in English, with very small print below stating in Cyrillic (Russian) characters “registered trademark”. The opposite panel is divided into three colored horizontal bands, blue, red, and yellow. The blue upper band bears in English characters “Athens 2004”, along with the five circle Olympic logo and the tip of an olive branch. The most interesting panel is blue in color, and depicts an Olympic Wreath. In large Cyrillic (Russian) letters it is titled “Emblem of Olympic Games”. The panel (written entirely in Cyrillic) states: “olive leaf wreath or ‘kotinos’, which was given to the first Olympic winners in ancient Greece composed of branches of the sacred tree of the city of Athens and symbolized the union of the world and the connection of the past with the present”.
The fact that this is a special promotional can of course jumps right out at you. Two of the three “faces” have a very large “9 pyb” on a yellow stylized bulls eye. Of course, the characters are Cyrillic. The characters “pyb” actually translate to “r-oo-b” or “r-u-b”, short for rouble – 9 roubles. In small print beneath the “9 pyb” it states (in Cyrillic) “recommended retail price”. Then complimenting the yellow bulls eye is a wide yellow band at the top of the can stating, in Cyrillic, “advantage price” – or “profitable price”. We could translate that as perhaps “special price” – a favorable price which will still leave you with money. The last face of the can, the “back” if you will, states “Coke” in white. The rest of the can is all Cyrillic characters and contains bottling information and the contact information for Coca-Cola in Moscow; including snail mail address, email address, and telephone numbers. Russian Coca-Cola cans are much in demand, and given the low numbers of tourists to Russia, are one of the more difficult specimens to collect – especially the 2004 Athens Olympic Games series.
Bottled in Eastern Siberia in Novosirbirsk, this can was purchased in Southern Siberia in West-Central Russia…at the end of a very long and slow distribution chain. Nonetheless, despite the challenges of infrastructure and a product three times more costly than locally produced soda beverages, Pepsi and Coca-Cola slug it out in Siberia just as aggressively as they do in Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York. And here’s a great little souvenir of “war” in Russia circa, as well as a unique souvenir of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
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