Soviet Money

Soviet Money

Communism was defined as a stateless, classless and moneyless society, money has played an important role in the USSR since its creation. Circulation of foreign currency was strictly prohibited in the land of workers and peasants, and some illegal traders were sentenced to death for breaking the rules.

However, Soviet citizens working abroad received hard currency substitutes to be used in special limited access stores. The portrait of Vladimir Lenin has been depicted on many Soviet banknotes that often caused criticism for desacralizing the image of the leader, as money was perceived something filthy and despicable.

Poet Andrei Voznesensky published in 1967 a poem titled "Remove Lenin from the Money" which became very popular.

One Ruble silver coin, 1924 

Twenty Five Thousand Rubles banknote, 1923 

USSR Bank for Foreign Trade One Hundred Rubles travellers check, 1980s


20th Anniversary of the First Human Space Flight. Y.A.Gagarin. One Ruble coin, 1981 


XXII Moscow Olympic Games Ten Rubles commemorative coin, 1980

 One Ruble banknote, 1938

 Vneshposyltorg Two Kopeks check, 1976


60th Anniversary of October Revolution One Ruble coin, 1977

USSR Bank for Foreign Trade Twenty Five Rubles check, 1970

 Post-Soviet visual. Gena the Crocodile commemorative silver coin, 2020

Five Rubles banknote, 1925

Three Chervonets Banknote, 1937

Five Rubles test coin, 1958

50th Anniversary of October Revolution Ten Kopeks coin, 1967

Three Rubles banknote, 1961

USSR Bank for Foreign Trade checkbook for seamen, 1978

USSR Bank for Foreign Trade One Ruble Check, 1978

Post-Soviet visual. Kalashnikov commemorative coin set by Sberbank, Russia, 2019

The trial of Moscow currency dealers Yan Rokotov, Vladislav Faibishenko and Dmitry Yakovlev, 1961.

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