RSFSR 1000 rubli 1919 P104a ERROR: face has underprint only


RUSSIA, RSFSR, 1000 rubli, 1919, Face: black on green, utility design, Back: black on green and brown, national emblem, watermark: 1000, P104a, ERROR: face has underprint only, corner bite, VF

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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.

Aside from China, other governments started using circulating “banknotes” starting in the 17th century AD. The practice became general in the 19th century. In the 20th century value of paper money in circulation far surpassed the value of coinage. In the 21st century paper money is fading and credit transactions are growing.

Paper money, meaning the promise of a government to pay a set amount, and the paper promise allowed to circulate at will, was probably first used in China in the 12th century AD. At that time the merchants and governments of Europe were just writing letters to each other about what they owed.