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1 Ruble 1917, Russia

in Krause book Number: 8c
Years of issue: 1917
Signatures: Управляющий: Иван Павлович Шипов (1914 - 1917), Кассир: Ложкин
Serie: 1917 Issue
Specimen of: 1898
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 142 х 83
Printer: Петроградская бумажная фабрика (1914-1924), Петроград

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1 Ruble 1917




Rhombuses, formed by light and dark triangles, inside of which are the same rhombuses, but smaller.


1 Ruble 1917

Issue of the Soviet Government!


On left side 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).


Variants of signatures of cashiers with the signature of the manager I. Shipov, Soviet issue: A. Alekseev, Bykov, Galtsov, E. Gelman, G de Millo, Lozhkin, M. Osipov, V. Protopopov, Starikov, Titov.

Since 1915, the number was no longer put on banknotes; instead, three numbers were added to the two-letter series. These series numbers may have been repeated on thousands of different copies. Such issues belong to different periods: until 1917 (from НА-1 to НА-127), the Provisional Government (from НА-128 to НБ-310), the Soviet government (from НБ-311 to НВ-524). They have different signatures of cashiers.

The design of the obverse consists of architectural elements (four columns with floral ornaments and coats of arms stand on the base and support the upper part of the portico). Around a rectangular frame with a background in the form of wavy lines. At the top between two squares with a pattern of intertwined threads there is an inscription - "STATE CREDIT TICKET". Below, between the two central columns, there is a curtain, on which at the top there is a large - "ONE RUBLE", below a four-line inscription - "The State Bank exchanges credit notes for a gold coin without a limit on the amount (1 p. = 1/15 of the imperial, contains 17,424 shares of pure gold) . ", under the signature of the manager and the cashier. Between the two left columns is the Small State Emblem of the Russian Empire, model 1883, above and below the plant pattern, at the very bottom a series and a series number. Between the two right columns is the monogram of Nicholas II in a round frame with the imperial crown and the ribbon of the Order of St.Andrew at the top and three Roman numerals "I". Between the numbers and the crown there are four inscriptions "ONE RUBLES". Above and below the frame there is a floral pattern, at the very bottom there is a series and a banknote number. In the lower part in the middle, in a rectangular frame decorated with shells, is the year of the sample - "1898". ( .rus)


1 Ruble 1917

The reverse side is completely finished in a single light brown color. Around the rectangular frame, consisting of intertwined lines with microtext - "ONE RUBLE". In the middle, in the frame, is a large circular element formed by intertwined lines, superimposed on the crossed branches of laurel and oak. Inside the element there is a central circle with the image of the Small State Emblem of the Russian Empire, model 1883. Between the outer and inner parts of the repeating text - "ONE I RUBLE". To the left of the central element of the figure there is a large stylized number "1", on which the word "RUBLE" is superimposed, executed diagonally. On the right side there is a curly frame with the inscription:

"1. The exchange of State credit tickets for a gold coin is ensured by all the property of the State.

2. State credit cards are in circulation throughout the Empire on a par with gold coins.

3. For counterfeiting credit tickets, the guilty person is deprived of all rights and exile in hard labor."