But before I get there, let's start the proper way with number 1.
The regluar catalogue starts numbering 1898. Notes previous to that date are Russian Imperial notes and are classified with A-numbers.
As those notes are a bit harder to get, I start this item with notes issued in 1898 and later.
The first note is already worth looking at more closely.
This is the basic type of several banknotes :
|sample of note n°1|
This is a help to determine which note it is exactely.
The easiest way is to look at n°1 (the date printed on the note).
You can find 1887 - 1889 - 1894 or 1898.
Look if the monogram (n°2) is AIII (Czar Alexander III).
In this case it is an Imperial note. According the year, you will find 4 different signatures under n°4 and many different signatures under n°5
Those notes are quite valuable.
|sample A54 Russian Imperial note|
Those notes all bear the date 1898, even if they were printed later.
Here, the monogram will be NII.
|monogram N II|
Now we have to take a closer look at the serial number.
The 1898 issue, has a full serial number (n°3) :
|full serial number note n°1|
|Series number HA *** - note n°15|
If there is a series number like above, the note (is cheaper and) is printed in 1915 or later.
Notes baring series number HA - 1 to HA 127 were printed in 1915.
All higher series numbers are notes that were printed under the Provisional Government or even the Soviet Government.
|note n° 15 - printed after 1915|
The notes, dated 1898 have 4 different signatures.
as they are also on all notes, printed after 1898.
The back side of all notes are always the same :
to be continued...