The History of Money Exposition
The History of Money Exposition was created upon the initiative and at the expense of Goznak. It is located in the center of Saint Petersburg – within the territory of the Peter and Paul Fortress, in Anninskiy Cavalier. The exposition is dedicated to the history of currency circulation in Russia since ancient times until the 21st century. Unique objects from the collection of the Storing Fund of Goznak and Munzkabinett of the Saint Petersburg Mint.
Now it is the largest exposition in the world dedicated to the history of the Russian money from ancient times up to our days. Practically all the major types of coins and banknotes produced and circulated in Russia are exhibited there. Some items are on display here only – approved samples and projects of banknotes with autographs of the Russian Emperors and Ministers of Finance; projects drawings of coins, banknotes, stamps etc. made by Anton Vasyutinskiy, Richard Zarrin, Ivan Bilibin, Evgeny Lancere and other artists; stamping tools for coin minting from the collection of the Saint Petersburg Mint unparalleled anywhere in the world.
Many objects are demonstrated to the public for the first time – in particular, projects of the state credit notes of the model of 1843, project drawings of the soviet coins and banknotes of the 1920s – 1940s, sketches of the soviet banknotes with the portraits of revolutionaries and military commanders, trial coins of the USSR and the Russian Federation.
Among the rarest items presented in the exposition, there is the silver rouble of 1654, Peter’s gold chervonets coins of 1701 – 1714, the soviet chervonets of 1925, non-circulated assignations of 1802 – 1803.
The visitors will also be able to have a look at unique tools for minting coins and medals of the 18th – 20th centuries used at the Saint Petersburg Mint.
Unique dynamic models will help the visitors to look into the mint and the paper mill of the 18th century and see their work in action.
The modern 5-kilogram gold and silver commemorative coins occupy a special place in the exposition. They are the heaviest commemorative coins ever minted in Russia. The face value of the gold giant coin is 50 thousand roubles, it was issued in 2010 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Bank of Russia; the face value of the silver one is 500 roubles, it was put into circulation in 2012 within the framework of “The 200th Anniversary of the Victory of Russia in the Patriotic War of 1812”.
The exposition guests will come to know what a million of roubles consisting of 1-rouble coins looks like – the Million installation is the absolute dominant of the exhibition space.
The exposition quests have an opportunity to check their knowledge of the security features of the modern banknotes with the help of an interactive quiz. The visitors can also try to guess an interactive “money” fillword and play “Analyze a pile of banknotes” game on a large interactive desk.
Besides money, various moneyboxes, purses and decorations of coins are on display in Anninskiy Cavalier of the Peter and Paul Fortress.
Topical videos and interactive installations are prepared for the visitors.
Special sections are dedicated to the history of the enterprises of Goznak and the artists of Goznak.
The History of Money Exposition was officially opened in the summer of 2016 in the presence of the Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation Anton Siluanov and the General Director of Goznak Arkady Trachuk.
“1818+. 200 years of Goznak’s history” exhibition
“1818+. 200 years of Goznak’s history” exhibition opened on the eve of the jubilee of the company counting its history since foundation of the Expedition of Storing State Papers in 1818, works in the House of Fund Capitals of the Peter and Paul Fortress since May 24 until December 30, 2018.
The basis of the exhibition was formed of objects from Goznak’s funds; many of them have never been demonstrated to the public before. For two centuries, the Expedition of Storing State Papers and Goznak produced not only banknotes but also books and orders, calendars and postage stamps, charters and space streamers, passports and even visiting cards of the country’s leaders.
The first Russian assignations and samples of assignation paper, money and payment stamps for Poland, Finland and the Russian America of the 1820s – 1850s; samples of banknotes, bond certificates, stamps with autographs of Emperors Alexander II and Nikolay II, Sergey Vitte, Peter Stolypin; approved samples of the first countrywide postage stamp of the Russian Empire (1857) and the first postage stamp of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (1918), sketches and essays of postage stamps by Richard Zarrin, Sergey Chekhonin, Natan Altman and others; the charter of the hero city of Leningrad; medals of the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980, are on display at the exhibition.
One of unique objects shown at the exhibition is a miniature (28 x 22 mm only) edition of Ivan Krylov’s Fables produced at the Expedition of Storing State Papers in 1856.
Besides, visitors will be able to see sketches of illustrations by Ivan Bilibin of the Russian fairy-tales issued at the Expedition; illustrated calendars and the so-called ceremonial editions of the Expedition of Storing State Papers of the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th centuries.
A special section of the exhibition is dedicated to the “space” products of Goznak. Here one can see space streamers, a sample of the diploma of a pilot-cosmonaut of the USSR given to Yuri Gagarin and an invitation to the demonstration in Red Square dedicated to the first manned space flight on April 14, 1961.
The modern period of Goznak’s operation is also reflected at the exhibition. In particular, one can see the new commemorative banknote with the face value of 100 roubles dedicated to 2018 FIFA World Cup. It is the first Russian banknote produced on the polymer substrate.
“1818+. 200 years of Goznak’s history” exhibition complements the main History of Money Exposition.
One can visit the exhibition with a ticket to the main exposition. The opening hours of the exhibition coincide with those of the main exposition (10 a.m. – 8 p.m. seven days a week until the end of September, in October – December every day except Thursday).
Individual visitors can see the exposition by themselves or make use of excursion services (excursions are held according to a schedule, preliminary booking is not required). The excursion schedule is at the site of the exposition.