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100 Rubles 2016. Experimental, 3rd experience, Russia

in Krause book Number: 270
Years of issue: 12.2016
Signatures: no signature
Serie: Modification 2010
Specimen of: 16.08.2004
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 150 х 65
Printer: Гознак, Пермская печатная фабрика, филиал ФГУП "Гознак", Пермь

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100 Rubles 2016. Experimental, 3rd experience




Denomination 100 and The Bolshoi Theater building.


100 Rubles 2016. Experimental, 3rd experience

The Central Bank of the Russian Federation has issued into circulation new experimental series of banknotes with the face value of 100 rubles 1997 (modification of 2004). It is assumed that the Central Bank conducts an experiment with various types of coating banknotes.

The launch into circulation is fixed in many regions of Russia. These are Moscow region, St. Petersburg, Saratov, Samara, Vladimir, Orenburg, Moscow Region, Kemerovo, Tomsk, Barnaul. Experienced banknotes are actively introduced into the turnover! They are given for rent in stores, are issued to pensioners, and can be obtained from an ATM of Sberbank and Vneshtorgbank (both semi-state banks).

A total of 11 episodes came out - UA, UB, UE, UK, UL, UN, UO, CA, UH, UCH, UH. In this case, in each series of 5 types: experienced 1, experienced 2, experienced 3, experienced 4 and experienced K (control, for comparison). Experienced 1 - the serial number starts at 1, experienced 2 - the serial number starts at 2, ..., experienced K - the serial number starts at 5. A total of 55 options are obtained. Thus, the size of the issue of each option - 1 million units.

As it turns out, the PP series is the rarest of the experimental ones: for each experience, the numbering does not exceed 40,000.

In August 2016, the Perm Printing Factory of Goznak prepared experimental pilot banknote series of 100 rubles of the 1997 model modified in 1997. And from December 2016, they appeared in real turnover. This time, unlike in previous years, collectors who are fond of Bonistics became aware of the appearance of these bills, began to catch them in wallets, cash desks and ATMs. Over time, all experimental series and numbers of experiments became known. Series - all that begin with a capital letter "U" (“У”), experiments were conceived 5, with the 5th series of control.

Reveal rare experienced bills by the following features. A total of 11 alphabetic combinations were released with “U”, these are:


This is followed by a seven-digit number, the first digit of which is the number of experience. In total, they are being carried out. This experiment consists in testing various paper impregnations, of which banknotes are made and testing, probably, a new lacquer coating.

It is noted that the higher the number of experience (from 1 to 4), the stronger the impregnation, for example, 100 rubles with the number УА 4хххххх is much denser on sensations and smell the paint much stronger than the banknote of the same series UA, but with the number experience 1ххххх. As for 5 experiences in each letter series, these notes were launched into circulation without any changes at the same time as an experimental batch in order to compare wear. The fifth series is called the Сontrol, 100 sheets of them are denoted by the letter “K”.

Banknotes starting with the letter “U” have never been issued before, except for experimental ones in 2012. Therefore, it is easy to notice them, to catch them and to put them in their collection is still really at face value, but, of course, collectors are very actively looking for them and - most importantly - find, adding to the collections. Thanks to the latest information and their distribution throughout the country - the area of ​​distribution from the Crimea to Vladivostok. In addition to the УО series, to find such bills of 100 rubles is a real success. The reason is that 10 other series have a circulation of 1 million sheets, and the MA has a so-called “replaced” series, which is issued to compensate for the zero numbers of the remaining letter series, marriage, and a number of reasons that are not very clear. Therefore, the PP accounts for 40,000 copies of each of the 5 experiments and much less frequently than the rest, therefore it is valued even in a crumpled condition.

Bolshoi teatr

The Quadriga above the portico of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.

In top left corner is the logo of Bank of Russia. It was sculpted by Peter Clodt von Jürgensburg.

In the original version the building was decorated with alabaster Fonton chariot and it was located in an arched niche. Once the sculpture was lost, the architect Kavos decided to revise the original plan.

Harness, it was decided not to place in the niche, but in the open area. And not in front of a blank wall, but against the background of the windows. The new scupture should be made not in alabaster, but in metal alloy, copper-plated.

To implement the project architect invited Klodt, a prominent sculptor of animals. Who better than him in Russia was able to sculpt horses? Out of the hands of the sculptor they are went so alive, that it sometimes criticized for excessive realism.

And soon, on the portico of the Bolshoi Theatre, has swept quadriga of Apollo created Klodt.

Quadriga by Klodt looked powerful then her predecessor, massive, higher up to half a meter (height reaches 6.5 meters). The whole composition is pushed forward, their horses' hoofs as it hangs in the air. Extraordinary dynamism. Meanwhile, Apollo is full of calmness and confidence. In his hand - a lyre.

Renovated Bolshoi Theater was just in 16 months. And opened in 1856 on the coronation of Alexander II.

The Drawing of a temporary emblem of Russia (since September 14, 1917 - Russian republic) was developed by a group of experts, which included well-known artists and heraldry V.K. Lukomskii, S.N. Troinitskii, G.I. Narbut and Ivan Bilibin. Considering, that the new emblem of the Russian state may approve only the Constituent Assembly, they propose to use as a temporary two-headed eagle emblem of the era of Ivan III without attributes of royal power.

Figure emblem, made by Ivan Bilibin, was appointed by chairman of the Provisional Government, Prince G.E. Lvov and Foreign Minister P.N. Milyukov as a model for printing. Although, officially emblem has not been approved, it was in circulation before the acceptance of the Constitution of the RSFSR at July 10, 1918, which introduced a new state coat of arms. In the territory controlled by the "white forces", the logo was used, and later - in particular, it was present on the banknotes, which were issued by Ufa directory.

Denominations in numerals are in lower left corner and at the top (close to center). In words and in numeral in lower right corner.


100 Rubles 2016. Experimental, 3rd experience

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View at Theatre Square or Teatralnaya Square and The Bolshoi Theater building.

Please pay attention - the engraving on banknote is made with Soviet coat of arms on Bol'shoy!! Now there is Russian coat of arms.

The Bolshoi Theater (Большой театр, Bol'shoy Teatr, Large Theater) is a theater and opera company in Moscow, Russia, which gives performances of ballet and opera. The theater was home to the Ballet of the Moscow Imperial Bolshoi Theater. During its early years the Bolshoi in Moscow was overshadowed by the Imperial (after the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Kirov Ballet), but during the Soviet era it grew in importance as the center of power shifted from Saint Petersburg to Moscow, and even some of the dancers from the Imperial Ballet joined the troupe at the Bolshoi Ballet. The Bolshoi has been home to some of the world's greatest dancers and directors. Russian ballet and opera have produced some of the great cultural high points in world history.

Denominations in numerals are in top left and right corners, and lower right (close to center). In words and in numeral in lower left corner.


Author of the banknote sketch: Honored Artist of the RSFSR Igor Sergeyevich Krylkov.

bolshoi teatr

I am near the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow at 27 of April 2014.

The 100-ruble banknote is printed on high-quality cotton paper of a light pink hue. The protective fibres of light-green, red and violet colours are chaotically embedded in the paper. The vertical security thread seen in the transmitted light is embedded in the paper. The banknote has local watermarks in the left and right coupon fields.

The modified banknote has the same dimensions and general design as the 50-ruble banknote of 1997. The banknote colour design has been changed insignificantly. On the front of the modified banknote in the lower part of the unprinted area to the left of the main image there is a text “МОДИФИКАЦИЯ 2004 Г” (2004 modification).

The modified banknotes have the following main differences:

the protective fibres of four types are embedded in the paper (red, light-green, two-coloured and grey);

the metallic window thread is embedded in the paper. It comes out on the surface on the back of the banknote;

there is a vertically located numerical value of denomination executed by perforation;

on the front of the banknote there is a field with latent coloured waves (MVC effect) moiré variable color (MVC);

on the front the numerical value of denomination is printed in grey non-metallic ink;

images of the banknote under an ultra-violet and infra-red light have differences from the banknote of 1997.

100 Rubles

An idiotic rumor about this banknote:

Roman Khudyakov, a member of parliament for the nationalist LDPR party, wants to change Russia's 100-ruble banknote (worth less than $2), which depicts an image of a statue of Apollo that appears atop the Bolshoi Theater, Reuters originally reported. Khudyakov said he opposes the design because "you can see clearly that Apollo is naked, you can see his genitalia."

He said he "submitted a parliamentary request", which was forwarded to the head of Russia's central bank, in hopes that the note would be "brought into line with the law protecting children" by removing the image of Apollo, according to the report.

Interestingly, as The Moscow Times pointed out, Khudyakov's argument could carry legal weight.

"The 100-ruble bill with a picture of Apollo is essentially a print product and can in fact be considered as 'information of a pornographic nature" lawyer Pavel Ivchenkov told Izvestia, via the Times. "That is, it can be regarded as information containing a graphic depiction or description of human genitalia."

The real Bolshoi Theater statue seen on the banknote was created by Pyotr Klodt in 1853 but was actually censored in 2011, when Apollo's privates were covered up with a fig leaf.