NORTHWEST FRONT 1000 rubli 1919


RUSSIA, NORTHWEST FRONT, 1000 rubli, 1919, Face: black on tan, eagle on snake on right, banners, shields, and swords on left, Back: black on purple and tan, equestrian statue of Peter the Great, serial # 197302, P-S210, Unc

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During the Civil War period hundreds of local administrations issued thousands of local banknotes. The general feeling was they had to do something. If they didn’t people would just be scribbling IOUs to each other.

The Northwestern White Army was headquartered in Pskov. It operated in the local area, also in Estonia and Latvia. Their high point was a threat to Petrograd (St. Petersburg). They were driven back. Negotiations produced the dissolution under adverse circumstances of the White forces in the region.

Russia started making paper money in the 18th century. Generally speaking, during the Empire the relationship of paper to gold was, shall we say, fraught. There was a great outpouring of local notes during the Revolution and the Civil War, and again in the last years of the Soviet Union and a few years after.

For organizational purposes, banknote collectors tend to make a distinction between national issues and local issues. The Standard Catalog of World Paper Money has a volume dedicated to “specialized” issues, where about 20,000 items are listed. A “complete” catalog would likely have at least 10 times that number. The Standard Catalog numbers for “specialized” notes are designated P-S. There are special catalogs for various series such as German and Austrian notgeld, former Soviet Union, etc.