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10 Rubles 1917, Russia

in Krause book Number: 11c
Years of issue: End 1917 - 1918
Signatures: Управляющий: Иван Павлович Шипов (1914 - 1917), Кассир: Иванов
Serie: 1917 Issue
Specimen of: 1909
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 175 х 105
Printer: Петроградская бумажная фабрика (1914-1924), Петроград

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10 Rubles 1917




"10", located diagonally.


10 Rubles 1917

Issue of the Soviet Government!


On the top is Lesser coat of arms of Russian Empire.

The Russian Empire had a coat of arms, displayed in either its greater, middle and lesser version.

Its escutcheon was golden with a black two-headed eagle crowned with two imperial crowns, over which the same third crown, enlarged, with two flying ends of the ribbon of the Order of Saint Andrew. The State Eagle held a golden scepter and golden globus cruciger. On the chest of the eagle there was an escutcheon with the arms of Moscow, depicting Saint George, mounted and defeating the dragon.

After approval by Alexander III on 24 July 1882, the greater coat of arms was adopted on November 3, replacing the previous 1857 version.

Its central element is the coat of arms, crowned with the helmet of Alexander Nevsky, with black and golden mantling, and flanked by the archangels Michael and Gabriel. The collar of the Order of Saint Andrew is suspended from the coat of arms. The whole lies within a golden ermine mantle, crowned by the Imperial Crown of Russia and decorated with black double-headed eagles. The inscription on the canopy reads: Съ Нами Богъ ("God is with us"). Above the canopy stands the state khorugv, of gold cloth, on which is depicted the Medium State Seal. The banner is topped by the State Eagle.

Around the central composition are placed fifteen coats of arms of the various territories of the Russian Empire. Nine of these are crowned and placed on a laurel and oak wreath. Proceeding from the left in a counter-clockwise direction, these represent, as they are included in the full imperial title: the Khanate of Kazan, the Kingdom of Poland, Tauric Chersonesos, the unified coat of arms of the Grand Principalities of Kiev, Vladimir and Novgorod, the dynastic arms of the House of Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov, the Grand Principality of Finland, the Georgian principalities, and the Khanates of Siberia and Astrakhan.

The six upper escutcheons are joint depictions of various smaller principalities and oblasts. From the left in a clockwise fashion, these are: the combined arms of the northeastern regions (Perm, Volga Bulgaria, Vyatka, Kondinsky, Obdorsk), of Belorussia and Lithuania (Lithuania, Białystok, Samogitia, Polatsk, Vitebsk, Mstislavl), the provinces of Great Russia proper (Pskov, Smolensk, Tver, Nizhniy-Novgorod, Ryazan, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Belozersk, Udorsky), the arms of the southwestern regions (Volhyn, Podolsk, Chernigov), the Baltic provinces (Esthonia, Courland and Semigalia, Karelia, Livonia) and Turkestan.

The Middle Coat of Arms (Средний государственный герб Российской Империи) is similar to the Great Coat of Arms, excluding the khorugv and the six upper escutcheons. The Abbreviated Imperial Title is inscribed over the perimeter of the Seal.

The Lesser Coat of Arms (Малый государственный герб Российской Империи) depicts the imperial double-headed eagle, as used in the coat of arms, with the addition of the collar of the Order of Saint Andrew around the escutcheon of St. George, and the Arms of Astrakhan, Siberia, Georgia, Finland, Kiev-Vladimir-Novgorod, Taurica, Poland and Kazan on the wings (seen clockwise).

They were put into circulation on November 1, 1909 in addition to banknotes of the sample of 1898 and remained legal tender until September 8, 1922. They were issued unchanged (with different signatures and series) under the tsarist, Provisional and Soviet governments. Colors: red, green and purple. The picture has a vertical orientation. Banknotes with the signature "I. Shipov" with series from ПД to ЭД, from AA to AM and ГМ were issued under Soviet rule until about mid-1918. Printed by the Expedition for the procurement of government securities in Petrograd.

The front side drawing is enclosed in a curly frame with a background in the form of diverging rays and a floral ornament, which retreats from the edges by about 5 mm. Around the reddish background, consisting of the numbers "10" and the words "RUB". In the upper part of the frame in a volumetric cartouche there is an image of the State Emblem of the Russian Empire of the sample of 1883, under which there is a thin pattern. To the left and right of the cartouche are two discs with bas-reliefs and the numbers "10" inside, connected to the cartouche by laurel tree branches and ribbons. Under each disk, a bunch of bay leaves and fruits is hung on the rings. In the middle in a semicircle is the word "STATE", under it there is a horizontal inscription - "CREDIT TICKET". The face value is indicated below in large stylized font in two lines - "TEN RUBLES", even lower five-line inscription - "The State Bank exchanges credit tickets for a gold coin without limit of the amount (1 p. = 1/15 imperial, contains 17.424 shares of pure gold).", under the signature of the manager and cashier. At the very bottom in the middle in the cartouche is the year of the sample of the bill, and on the sides there are two numbers "10" in sockets. In the upper left corner and opposite the signature of the cashier there is a series and a banknote number. (


10 Rubles 1917

On the reverse side, on top of a reddish background of wavy lines, there is a rectangular frame, in the corners of which there are rosettes with slanted numbers "10. Inside there is a similar frame, but smaller in size with a background in the form of rhombuses. Between the outer and inner frame is a floral ornament. In the middle is a patterned diamond-shaped a cartouche decorated on the sides with bas-reliefs with lion heads on the left and right sides. A ring with a bunch of flowers hangs from the mouth of each lion. Under the cartouche in the rectangular frame there is an inscription - "10 · RUB · 10", inside the cartouche in small print it says:

"1. The exchange of State credit tickets for a gold coin shall be ensured by the entire possession of the State.

2. Government credit cards are used throughout the Empire on a par with gold coins.

3. For the falsification of credit tickets, the guilty party is deprived of all right to be transferred and sent to hard labor." (