This beautiful postcard was the 400th postcard in my collection and comes from Lyudmila from Russia. Although I am on a strong trajectory to 600 postcards, this one was number 400 and I simply cannot keep my blog up to date entirely, so I am 167 postcards behind. Oops! The Russian Coat of Arms is really very beautiful! It was officially adopted on 30 November 1993 but dates back much further than that. It dates back to the reign of Ivan III between 1462 and 1505, although the shape of the eagle can be traced back to the reign of Peter the Great between 1682 and 1725. Today, however, the eagle is golden, whereas it was previously imperial black. All and all, I think it’s a great postcard and I am glad that number 400 was this beautiful. Thanks to all of you who have contributed to my collection over the past year. Happy New Year and may 2014 be a great year in all of your lives!