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100 Rubles 1947, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

in Krause book Number: 228
Years of issue: 16.12.1947 - 03.1957
Signatures: no signature
Serie: Serie 1947
Specimen of: 16.12.1947
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 230 x 115
Printer: Гознак, Московская печатная фабрика, филиал ФГУП "Гознак", Москва

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100 Rubles 1947




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


100 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 there is a sickle and a hammer with a ribbon, lying on wheat ears, to the left is a laurel branch symbolizing victory. Above the portrait is a pattern with a five-pointed star in the middle. In the right part of the picture above there is a semicircular inscription - "Bill of the State Bank of the USSR". Below it, against the background of the stylized sun, surrounded by patterns, there is a coat of arms of the USSR of the 1946 model with 16 ribbon bands (according to the number of union republics). Below is the denomination - "One hundred rubles", under which the inscription in small print - "BANKING BILLS PROVIDED WITH GOLD, PRECIOUS METALS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE STATE BANK". At the bottom is a triple socket with a number "100", superimposed on a wide horizontal ornament, smoothly disappearing at the edges.

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!").


100 Rubles 1947


In the middle of the picture there is an engraving with a panorama of the Moscow Kremlin from the Sofiyskaya Embankment: Borovitskaya Tower, Armory Chamber, Vodovzvodnaya Tower, Grand Kremlin Palace, Tainitskaya, Petrovskaya, 1st and 2nd towers, Archangel's Cathedral, Ivan the Great Belltower.

On the left is a vertical pattern, partially framing the engraving, with the number "100" and the letters "USSR" at the top. At the bottom left and top right there is the inscription "One hundred rubles" (the lower one has a larger and more complex font). On the right in the upper corner is a guilloche rosette with the number "100", in the lower corner there is a more complicated rosette, which also includes a small font - "COUNTERFEITING OF BILLS OF THE STATE BANK OF THE USSR HAS BEEN PASSED BY LAW".


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 - Sata Ruplaa (100 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.

specimen specimen

In 1923, work began on new bank notes in denominations of 5 Chervonets. In the summer of 1923, the artist-cartographer V.N. Andrianov made a sketch of this banknote.

The design for one of the most stable currencies of that time, the British pound, was taken as a model when creating new banknotes. Actually, 5 Chervonets conceptually copied an English banknote of par value 1 Pound Sterling, first issued in 1917, with Westminster Palace and river Thames, in London. After drawing up the sketch, work began on the creation of printed forms. By the spring of 1924, the engraver P.S. Ksidias had cut a metallographic printing board with a view of the Kremlin. However, the new banknote was never issued. Technological difficulties may have intervened; perhaps the resemblance to the pound was too obvious.

As for the appearance of the Kremlin, the engraving made by Ksidias was subsequently used on projects and test prints of various Soviet banknotes of the 1920-1940s. And, only in 1947, the view of the Kremlin was finally used on the new 100-ruble banknote that went into circulation. However, the appearance of the Kremlin was slightly “modernized”, taking into account the changes that had taken place in that time by that time. (Музей Гознака .rus)

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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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