Friday, July 1, 2016, saw a ceremonial opening of the History of Money Exposition located in Anninskiy Cavalier of the Peter and Paul Fortress. Anton Siluanov, Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation, and Arkady Trachuk, General Director of Goznak, cut the band in front of the entrance to the exposition.
Besides Anton Siluanov, Minister of Finance, and Arkady Trachuk, General Director of Joint Stock Company "Goznak”, Georgy Luntovskiy, First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, principals of the regional and federal authorities, representatives of the museum communities also took part in the ceremonial opening.
The History of Money Exposition was created at the initiative and by efforts of Goznak. Over two and a half objects are on display in the two-level exhibition space with the area of almost a thousand square meters. Rich collections of the Special Fund of Goznak and Munzkabinett of the Saint-Petersburg Mint form the basis of the History of Money Exposition. The Bank of Russia, the State Hermitage, the State Historical Museum, the Russian Museum, the Ethnographical Museum, the Russian National Library, Russian companies and individual persons rendered great assistance in the work upon the exposition.
Many objects were demonstrated to the general public for the first time ever – in particular, projects of the state banknotes of the model of 1843; a project of the state banknote of the model of 1909 with the face value of 5 roubles with the autographs of P. A. Stolypin, Chairman of the Council of Ministers, and Emperor Nikolay II; project drawings of the soviet banknotes of the 1920s – 1940s; trial coins of 1995 and 1998.
The visitors will also be able to see the unique tools for coin and medal minting of the 18th – 20th centuries applied at the Saint Petersburg Mint.
The modern 5-kilogram gold and silver coins occupy a special place in the exposition. They are the heaviest commemorative coins ever minted in Russia. The face value of the gold giant coin is 50 thousand roubles, it was issued in 2010 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Bank of Russia. The face value of the silver coin is 500 roubles, it was issued in 2012 within the framework of the “200th anniversary of the Victory of Russia in the Patriotic war of 1812” series.
The “Million” installation consisting of 1 million coins with the face value of 1 rouble each is the undoubted dominant of the exhibition area.
Special sections are dedicated to the history of the enterprises of Goznak and the artists of Goznak. Moreover, the information about the modern payment systems and how to authenticate banknotes will help to improve the financial literacy of the visitors.
Various moneyboxes, purses, decorations of coins are also displayed at the exposition. Dozens of thematic videos and interactive installations are prepared for the visitors.
Another peculiarity of the exposition is a complex informational and reference system providing an opportunity to display the general information about the exposition sections on the screen and view the scalable images of the exhibits.
After observing the exposition, Anton Siluanov, Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation, wrote an inscription in the book of distinguished visitors, “An excellent modern museum of the cash turnover representing the whole history of the Russian state in fact”.