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History

The Expedition of Storing State Papers was founded in 1818 by the decree of Emperor Alexander I. Since then, the Expedition became the only enterprise in the Russian Empire producing paper money, bond certificates, letter headed paper and other security products. At the Expedition, all stages of money production, starting with sheet formation and up to design development and further printing, were united into the unitary production package. The initiator of founding the Expedition of Storing State Papers was an outstanding engineer and architect Augustine Betancourt who developed the concept of the enterprise and supervised the construction works.

Since the moment of foundation of the Expedition of Storing State Papers (Goznak since 1919), its history has been inextricably intertwined with the history of Russia. Over a span of two centuries, Goznak has carried out most important state tasks applying cutting-edge technologies.

Many events in the life of our country can be illustrated with products manufactured first at the Expedition of Storing State Papers and then at Goznak: the first postage stamp and the first banknote secured with gold; the first soviet passport; war awards of the Great Patriotic war and medals of the Moscow Olympic Games; space streamers and certificates of awarding with honorary titles.

This section presents information about the history of the Expedition of Storing State Papers – Goznak as well as the history of currency circulation in Russia on the whole.

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