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1000 ruble note

© 2000 Central Bank of the Russian Federation
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Width: 143.000 mm
Height: 70.000 mm

Gift of Nina Ivotchkina

CM 1993-4-35-7

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    1000 ruble note

    Soviet Union, AD 1992

    Money as a political symbol

    The imposing profile of Lenin on this note is a powerful symbol of the communist Soviet state. From 1768 until 1917, Russia had a state issue of banknotes reflecting the long rule of the Tsarist Empire. However, the chaos of the October Revolution and Civil War from 1917 to 1922 unleashed a bewildering variety of notes issued by separate states, regions, political factions and armies.

    The victory of the Bolshevik communist forces, under the leadership of Lenin, resulted in the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics - the USSR. In an attempt to regulate the currency, the State Bank was given a monopoly of note issue. Early designs looked rather like pre-Revolutionary issues, but socialist imagery of workers, farmers and the Kremlin began to appear from 1923. A portrait of Lenin was introduced in 1937, and remained a dominant and unifying feature of Soviet paper money over the next fifty years, until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1992.

    A. Pick, N. Shafer and C.K. Bruce (eds.), Standard catalog of world pape (Iola, Wisconsin, annual publication)

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