How The Cities Depicted On Banknotes Were Chosen

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How The Cities Depicted On Banknotes Were Chosen
How The Cities Depicted On Banknotes Were Chosen

When we use money, we don’t think about why this particular pattern was chosen for a particular bill. Currently, there are banknotes in Russia in denominations of 5, 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 5000 rubles.


Description of banknotes

Each of the Russian banknotes depicts a city. For example, a five-ruble banknote depicts a monument located in Veliky Novgorod. Today it is very difficult to find this bill, it has gone out of circulation. The denomination of 10 rubles depicts the sights of a city like Krasnoyarsk.

St. Petersburg was awarded the right to settle on a fifty-ruble note, and Moscow - on a hundred-ruble note. More expensive paper banknotes depict Arkhangelsk, Yaroslavl and Khabarovsk. The choice of this or that drawing was not accidental. All banknotes were designed by experienced and famous people.

How did the idea of banknote design come about?

It should be noted that the first mention of the need to print various monuments and sights on banknotes appeared during an interview with the famous counterfeiter Viktor Baranov.

Even during the reign of Boris Yeltsin, the idea was created to issue a special series of banknotes on which drawings of Russian cities would be applied. St. Petersburg is depicted on money for a reason. The Peter and Paul Cathedral is a symbol of our state.

As for the new type of money, their appearance was developed by the experienced Russian artist Igor Krylkov. Following the example of many European countries, he proposed the idea of placing photographs of prominent people of our country on banknotes. But he was refused. The Central Bank put forward another demand: to enter neither the front and back sides of banknotes with images of Russian shrines.

For example, they decided to depict the Yaroslavl church on the 1000-ruble banknote, it is on the back, and on the front side - Yaroslav the Wise.

The Sophia Cathedral was honored on a five-ruble note. This landmark is located in Veliky Novgorod - one of the oldest cities in Russia.

The one hundred-ruble bill is considered an exception to the basic rule, because the artists depicted the Moscow Bolshoi Theater on it.

Throughout the entire time, the drawings on the money changed. In 2004, artists depicted only those cities that withstood the pressure of the enemy and were not captured by them during the Great Patriotic War. Specialists in this area are not only engaged in the selection and application of drawings, but also find the optimal colors for money.

The design of modern banknotes, like their predecessors, is developed by artists. It is based on the famous sights of our country and holy places.