From May 24 to December 30, 2019 in the House of Stock Capital on the territory of the Peter and Paul Fortress there was an exhibition "Unissued money: to the 250th anniversary of Russian paper money". The exhibition was based on unique items from the collection of Goznak JSC: project drawings, test prints and samples of banknotes, which eventually were not put into circulation.
In 2019, Russian paper money celebrated its 250th anniversary. In 1769, Empress Catherine II signed a manifesto on the establishment of "state banks for udders of assignations", thus initiating their circulation in Russia. The history of Russian paper money is full of interesting facts, it is inseparable from the economic and political history of the country.
One of the main goals of the exhibition is to trace the history of Russian banknote design, showing how artistic tastes and trends, events in the economic and political life of the country influence the design of the banknote. In addition, the exhibits clearly demonstrated the hard work of artists, technologists and printers preceding the issue of the new banknote.
Visitors could see at the exhibition:
Allocations of 1802-1803, the circulation of which was printed but later destroyed, including trial, un-numbered and unsigned versions;
sketches of banknotes of the middle XIX century with portraits of inhabitants of different provinces and views of cities of the then Russian Empire - St. Petersburg, Moscow, Helsingfors and Warsaw;
sketches of credit notes by Vasily Vereshchagin, Mikhail Mikeshin and Adolf Charlemagne;
sketches and banknote impressions of the "Imperial Series" of Rudolf Rössler, on the basis of which the most famous banknotes of pre-revolutionary Russia were issued - "katen’ka" and "peten’ka", including - impressions of the board for metallographic printing, on which the engraver Pericles Xydias worked for several years;
sketches of Soviet "proletarian credit" banknotes from 1918 with portraits of Karl Marx;
avant-garde sketches and banknote prints from the 1920s, including those that attended the 1925 World Exposition in Paris;
sketches and prints of Soviet chervontsi of the 1920s-1930s, including those with a view of the Moscow Kremlin;
sketches of 1930s banknotes with a portrait of Vladimir Lenin; with images of workers, Red Army soldiers, parachutists and women;
sketches of paper money from the Great Patriotic War with portraits of Alexander Nevsky, Dmitry Donskoy, Alexander Suvorov and Mikhail Kutuzov;
sketches of Soviet banknotes of 1967, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Soviet power, with the image of the atomic icebreaker "Lenin" and spacecraft "Vostok";
sketches of 1990s banknotes with portraits of Fyodor Chaliapin, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekhov, Mikhail Lomonosov, Alexander Pushkin, Dmitry Mendeleyev, Vasily Surikov, Peter Tchaikovsky and others;
the first versions of banknote sketches with images of Russian cities in circulation to date.
Also, one of the first Russian banknotes was presented at the exhibition - 25 rubles of 1769.