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50 Rubles 1947, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

in Krause book Number: 227
Years of issue: 16.12.1947 - 03.1957
Signatures: no signature
Serie: Serie 1947
Specimen of: 16.12.1947
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 218 х 103
Printer: Гознак, Московская печатная фабрика, филиал ФГУП "Гознак", Москва

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50 Rubles 1947




V.I. Lenin. The author of the watermark is A.R. Eberling.


50 Rubles 1947

On the left side is the portrait of V.I.Lenin.


The engraving on banknote is made after this photo of V.I.Lenin by Russian photographer P.А. Otzup. 1918, 16 October. Moscow.

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (Владимир Ильич Ленин, born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, 22 April [O.S. 10 April] 1870 - 21 January 1924) was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist. He served as the leader of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic from 1917, and then concurrently as Premier of the Soviet Union from 1922, until his death. Under his administration, the Russian Empire was dissolved and replaced by the Soviet Union, a one-party socialist state; industry and businesses were nationalized, with widespread societal reform implemented. Politically a Marxist, his theoretical contributions to Marxist thought are known as Leninism, which coupled with Marxian economic theory have collectively come to be known as Marxism-Leninism.

Under the portrait is a laurel branch, symbolizing victory. In the three corners of the figure (except for the upper left) there are numbers "50", at the bottom left the number is supplemented with the word "RUB". On the right in the middle in a curly frame against the background of a pattern in two lines is the face value - "FIFTY RUBLES", on top in the bas-relief is the USSR coat of arms of the 1946 model with 16 ribbon bands (according to the number of union republics). Below the socket with an inscription in small print - "COUNTERFEITING OF BILLS OF THE STATE BANK OF THE USSR WILL BE PASSED BY LAW".

coat coat

The State Emblem of the Soviet Union (Государственный герб Советского Союза, Gosudarstvenny gerb Sovetskogo Soyuza) was adopted in 1923 and was used until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Although it technically is an emblem rather than a coat of arms, since it does not follow heraldic rules, in Russian it is called герб (gerb), the word used for a traditional coat of arms.

Hammer and sickle, Globe and the Rising sun. An emblem is surrounded by an Ears of wheat wrapped around a red ribbon with the National Motto in all 15 Languages of the Soviet Union.

Fourth version (1956-1991).

In 1956, the Karelo-Finnish SSR was transformed into the Karelo-Finnish ASSR, and soon this was reflected on the USSR state emblem. By a decision of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on September 12, 1956, the ribbon bearing the USSR State Motto in Finnish was removed.

A minor change in the Belarusian inscription was a decision of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on April 1, 1958.

Inscriptions on the ribbons (which are translated into English as "Proletarians of the world, unite!").


50 Rubles 1947

The picture is enclosed in a complex frame with two rosettes in the upper corners, in which the numbers "50" are located, the lower corners also contain numbers, but without sockets. In the middle there is a denomination - the number "50", on top of which "Fifty rubles" and the inscription in small print in two lines - "BANKING BILLS PROVIDED BY GOLD, PRECIOUS METALS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE STATE BANK".


Design developed by I.I. Dubasov, a portrait of Lenin was made by S.I. Aferov from the photo by P.A. Otzup.

On the arms are 16 ribbons!

The issue of 1947. Another proof of it, besides 16 ribbons on the coat of arms, is the inscription, in Finnish - Viisikymmentä Ruplaa (50 rubles) (Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic).

Before the Second world War the only printing company was Goznak, Moscow Printing Plant. After the war the printing industry has increased significantly. Enterprise Goznak steel to produce a wide range of printed products. But the main and most important volume products remain banknotes. Of the four printing companies Goznak mainly are engaged Moscow and Perm Printing Factory.

Currency reform in 1947.

Banknotes worth 10 rubles and 25 rubles printed on the front side by the method of two-color intaglio printing the grid, and on the reverse side - offset printing on Orel five-color pit grid. On all banknotes are two six-digit numbers. Paper with a common watermark.

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Izvestia newspaper dated December 15, 1947, which published a description of the new series of USSR banknotes.

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