In 1997, Russia began to mint coins again. In the years before, inflation had processed so quickly that the production of coined money simply was not worth the trouble. The new Russian money bore no national symbols. Instead, the obverse of the ruble featured the double eagle of the Russian Central Bank (which bears a striking resemblance with the national Russian double eagle, however). Beneath the birds left claw we read LMD, the mark for the Leningrad mint, which since 1991 is called St Petersburg again.