- Country of the USSR, year 1970 - 100 years of Ilyich
- Anniversary coin as a work of art
- Passion of numismatists for rubles from the USSR
- Mysteries of the anniversary coin today: Lenin's ruble and two prices
- The whole truth about the price of the ruble from the position of professionals
- Paper rubles of the USSR: fantasies of artists
- Paper Soviet banknotes: practice of circulation
- Ruble and Lenin: conclusion
To consider banknotes, which depict the image of a political leader, let's try to find out who he is and who he was in a particular country. Taking the USSR for specifics is a necessity. Our choice fell on banknotes, coins and paper rubles with the image of Lenin Vladimir Ilyich. What is his life like? What did he do so that his profile or full face would be immortalized on the country's money?
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (Ulyanov) (1870 - 1924) - the leader of two revolutions, the head of the first state in world history based on socialist doctrine, and an influential politician of his time.
The country of the Soviets had sufficient experience in creating banknotes, both ordinary and copies, for the anniversary, birthday of the leader of the state or the date of a heroic deed. Vladimir Ilyich was the leader of the world revolution. The image of Lenin was taken as the basis of symbols on the country's military heraldry,on the money supply in the USSR. The publication of the image of the leader of the proletariat took place on paper and iron money with ingenious variety and art.
Country of the USSR, year 1970 - 100 years of Ilyich
Today, in terms of quality and variety of images, coins have a meager character, a poor structure, while earlier the artists of the mint worked true miracles. What can I say, only one ruble with the image of Lenin, there is a wide variety of types.
For example, the popular and mythical commemorative ruble, minted for the 100th anniversary of the birth of the head of the first world socialist state - Lenin V.I. in 1970. By such a great date, it was necessary to create something epic, significant and bright, which was the hero of the day himself. And the mint in the distant 1970s succeeded in doing it.
Anniversary coin as a work of art
The commemorative 1 ruble issued in the USSR on the centenary of the birth of the permanent leader and "father" became a work of art. An impressive jubilee product of the mint of the Union looked like this:
Obverse - front side. The copy contains the profile of V. I. Lenin in the form of a wide-format head-to-neck size. Thus, most of the area of the obverse of the coin is occupied, with the exception of the canvas from a series of dots running along the edge of the element. Canvas takes the profile in a ring. The bottom has inscriptions of the period of two dates: the birth of Lenin and the current date of issue of the ruble. The numbers “1870 – 1970” are in embossed type at the bottom of the obverse. Buttringed with a star belt of a five-pointed structure/
Reverse - reverse side. The coat of arms of the Soviet Union is depicted here: ears of wheat tied with a ribbon on the sides, in the center of which the globe is visible. Above the planet, the symbol of workers and peasants is the image of a hammer and sickle. Through the symbols of the chased inscription of the name of the socialist state - in the form of a concave coinage was the abbreviation: "USSR". Below it, another inscription shows the denomination of the coin: “One ruble.”
A format inscription curled along the circumference of the reverse side, indicating what the procedure for issuing the commemorative coin with a face value of 1 ruble was timed to: "One hundred years since the birth of V. I. Lenrin." The bottom of the reverse in the center contains the obligatory five-pointed star in an indented format.
Passion of numismatists for rubles from the USSR
The state has been gone for more than twenty-five years, but the facts, objects, images associated with it are valuable for collectors. Banknotes of different denominations are no exception. The attention of collectors is concentrated on the coins of the USSR era.
The farther the year of issue of iron banknotes from the times of the Soviets from our days, the more the "appetite" of collectors grows. Numismatists are especially interested in commemorative metal money. Those that were issued on the great anniversaries or round dates of events officially marked by world historians.
Mysteries of the anniversary coin today: Lenin's ruble and two prices
The most demanded copy of the banknote of the USSRbecomes the ruble with Lenin, issued on the centenary of his birth. The price segment of the anniversary ruble is strikingly different on the Internet. At some auctions, the cost of this USSR coin is tens of thousands of rubles. At the same time, the resource claims that such a sample with the image of Lenin is a “five minutes to a minute” relic, they publish both photo and video evidence of information.
Another portal sells rubles with Lenin for next to nothing. What is the reason? How much is the Soviet ruble with Lenin, and where is the truth about the value of the coin. She, as always, is somewhere in the middle. Indeed, one kind of ruble with Lenin in value today reaches several tens of thousands of Russian rubles - an indisputable fact for professionals. Another type of Lenin's ruble coin is also real, its price is low - also an axiom in the circles of serious collectors.
The whole truth about the price of the ruble from the position of professionals
Visually, the money contains symbols according to the regulations, weight, diameter correspond to the standard. Why then such a difference in price for the same coin today? After all, there are no distinguishing features: a commemorative coin of that time with Lenin is sold at one auction for a pittance, and a second resource publishes the same denomination, but with a price difference of tens of thousands.
With the naked eye and with bad published pictures of the coin, there is no way to solve this riddle. But turning to professionals, we get two coins of the same name, dedicated to the anniversary issue, the denomination of the same, but with a completely different appearance.
This is the key to the dual value of the coin. Firstthe category is known as "everyday", the coin has a matte finish, subject to darkening and staining over time, both on the front and back.
The second category has an obverse and a reverse of a brilliant glossy shade. Glitter does not fade over time. This category is called Proof in professional circles. But the main differences are in the circulation of the issue.
Mystery solved. We summarize the above in a short list by category of coinage:
Matte embossing is an everyday series. 1 ruble coin, commemorative, minted in 1970. On the obverse is the head of the leader of the world proletariat. The reverse is a commemorative congratulatory inscription and coat of arms. For the centenary of the birth of Lenin, a sample of this coin of the USSR was produced throughout the country in multimillion copies. The indicated amount led to a decrease in the value of the banknote. The quality of the ruble issue is reduced to the budget version in order to avoid high production costs. A distinctive feature of the category is a matte appearance, an alloy of the worst grades, due to which the sides fade during operation. The main thing in the circulation of the issue is its volume, which influenced the current penny cost of the sample of the first category at numismatic auctions
Glossy embossing of the Proof series. The issue of the coin for the memorable date is distinguished by the increased quality of the banknote. Its main feature is that this version of the ruble is only one hundred and eleven thousand copies. The category was not given to the general public. Availability at that time was exception althrough deluxe or collector's editions
The highest grade of alloy for the production of 1 ruble 1870-1970, providing shine and gloss throughout its "life", a limited edition is the main criteria for the high cost of a banknote today.
Paper rubles of the USSR: fantasies of artists
Equivalents of metal money were banknotes on paper. In this matter, the country of the Soviets was also not inferior in art and artistic beauty. Both the minimum denominations of paper money and denominations of the highest value had flashy plots, bright colors, but with an obligatory standard: the image of Lenin from various angles. The full face of the leader of the world revolution was used on the first copies of Soviet paper rubles, on the spread and was detailed in detail.
This design of paper money was used during the formation of the Soviet state, when the royal stamping or the pattern of execution of disciplines was not yet abandoned everywhere. The banknotes were distinguished by a wide and long shape, with a detailed portrait of Lenin from the front.
But the operation of the chervonets showed the inexpediency of such a format, so the artists of the mint were given the task of replacing it. Such paper rubles with Lenin from the era of the formation of the USSR are of true value to world collectors due to their fine design and rarity.
Paper Soviet banknotes: practice of circulation
Paper money for everyday circulation dictated the conditions forthe convenience of using them. It turned out that large design banknotes are very impractical, wasteful in issuance and inconvenient in everyday life. Therefore, special regulations were adopted, standards were set for paper banknotes for different denominations.
The color spectrum, size, not so intricate, but, nevertheless, artistic design was selected for each size of the banknote. Measures were introduced for the stamping of practical, cost-effective and easy-to-use banknotes for circulation by a multi-million population.
The only thing that remained unchanged was the image of Lenin on banknotes. And even though the "young" full face of the communist leader has now been replaced with an adult profile, nevertheless, he did not leave a single banknote in the country of the Soviets until its last days.
For collectors at auctions, Soviet paper money represents a different value depending on several criteria: the appearance of the banknote, denomination, year of issue, and others. But just like the metal counterpart, they are in demand among numismatists around the world. Collectors love especially large banknotes of the USSR in good and excellent condition: from fifty rubles. The price is not bad at all.
Ruble and Lenin: conclusion
In the annals of the history of our state, even the Russian Empire, even the Soviet Union, in popular circulation, a short name was used to name money -"ruble".
In the USSR, all banknotes were associated with Lenin V. I. The ruble with Lenin, both a coin and a paper copy, went a long, thorny path. Nevertheless, he ended the road along with the collapse of the Soviet state itself, turning out to be a symbol of the monetary unit of an entire era.