Ukrainian Historical Notaphily 1

published: 09.05.2023

The history of Ukraine is not limited to wars for independence, national culture and folk traditions, but is also reflected in a variety of financial documents and currency signs used on the territory of the state throughout time. We have accumulated a small notaphilistic collection dating back to the 20th century in the regions ranging from Transcarpathia to Donbas and from Polissia to Crimea.

1. 100 rubles bills started to be printed in 1910. People called them “katerinkas”.

2. Lottery ticket from the times of the Soviet Union. It was compulsorily issued at enterprises, withdrawing part of the salary.

3. “Occupation” karbovantsi that circulated in Ukraine during the Second World War. They were printed in Rivne.

4. Local money sign “hryvnia”, issued by the town self-government of Mohyliv-Podilskyi in the 20s of the 20th century.

5. Changeable postage stamp “shag” equalled to 1/200 of a ruble, which was equivalent to a silver coin in cash circulation. The design project belongs to the graphic artist Heorhii Narbut.

6. Ukrainian People’s Republic banknote in three state languages: Ukrainian, Polish, and Hebrew (Yiddish). This is the first 100 hryvnia bill of the UPR. The year 1917 is indicated on it, it entered circulation on January 5, 1918.

7. 50 Hellers printed in Chernivtsi in 1919 during the Romanian occupation. The text of the banknote is in German.

8. Russian state loan bond. It was denominated (except rubles) in francs, marks, guilders, pounds sterling and crowns.

9. Etching postcard by the artist Nilo Khatsevich, produced by the xylography method (woodcut). In 1944-1952, such postcards were used as banknotes of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army.

10. “Charitable” shilling of the Canadian-Ukrainian community. It was used as a coupon that could be exchanged for money at charity events.

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