Bank of Russia Banknotes of 1997 Issue
Bank of Russia Banknotes of 1997 Issue (modified of 2004)
The 500-Ruble banknote is
designed on the basis of the Bank of Russia
500,000-Ruble banknote of the 1995 issue. It is a 150 mm by
65 mm piece of paper of light-violet hue, containing violet, red and light-green
fibres. The predominant
colour of the banknote is violet-blue. The paper has
local watermarks in the left-hand and right-hand coupon fields. In the wide coupon field is the head of the
monument to Peter the Great and in the narrow coupon
field is the figure 500. The paper contains a vertical
security thread, which becomes visible when the note is
held to the light, and the thread carries the recurrent,
direct and reverse motto "",
printed in black.
In the upper part of the obverse
side of the banknote is a Bank of Russia logo, printed
with a paint that changes its colour from yellow-green to
red-orange when the note is viewed from different angles,
the figure 500, printed in a violet colour and the
embossed inscription ""
(Bank of Russia Note). In the centre is an engraving
showing the monument to Peter the Great in Arkhangelsk
with a sailing ship and sea terminal in the background.
Below is the figure 500, printed with a silvery paint,
the inscription "Counterfeiting Bank of Russia Notes
Is an Indictable Crime", signs for people with poor sight, a stylised ribbon with the motto
"Arkhangelsk" and the denomination in words
(Five Hundred Rubles).
The ribbon contains the Cyrillic letters PP, which become
visible when the note is scrutinised under the oblique
incident light (kipp-effect). On the left of central part
of the note is a multi-coloured ornamental vertical band.
In the lower part of the right-hand coupon field is an
ornamental grey-coloured rosette with a light-coloured
figure 500 to the left and to the right and another
figure 500, painted crimson, in the centre. In the centre
of the narrow left-hand coupon field are the code and
serial number of the banknote, printed in red, and in the
upper part of the wide right-hand coupon field are the
code and serial number printed in dark-green. The code
consists of two letters and the serial number is composed
of seven digits.
In the upper left-hand and
right-hand corners of the reverse side of the banknote is
the figure 500 in patterned rosettes and between them are
microprinted violet-coloured bands made of the figure
500. In the centre is an engraved picture of the
Solovetsky Monastery. Underneath is a large figure 500,
the denomination in words ""
(Five Hundred Rubles), four horizontal violet-coloured
double lines with the recurrent light-coloured
microprinted motto "" and
the issue year 1997, printed with a crimson paint. On the
right in the central part is a vertical ornamental band,
whose untinged elements are filled with the colour of the
corresponding elements of the ornamental band on the
obverse side of the note when it is held to the light.