In 1918, being already a well-known illustrator, Georgy Narbut was appointed the head of the' Expedition for the preparation of state papers ' – not only as an administrator, but also as the author of drawings for the design of such papers, among which paper money was among the most significant.
In the design of the banknote of the State Bank of Ukraine with a nominal value of 100 hryvnia, G. Narbut used an artistic style called the Ukrainized Empire.
In the center of the composition is an oval wreath of flowers and vegetables with a trident placed inside, the artist also placed basic information there, such as:
- type of paper money - 'Derzhavny Credit Bill';
- nominal value 'one hundred hryvnia';
- date of issue-'roku 1918';
- signatures - 'director of Derzhavny Bank V. Ignatovich, skarbnik M. Taranov'.
On both sides of the wreath, G. Narbut put 2 figures in national Ukrainian costumes – a peasant woman with a sickle and a sheaf and a worker with a hammer.
If the artist depicted a peasant woman simply as a garna divchina without references to a specific historical person, then the face of the worker resembles the portraits of the Ukrainian philosopher of the XVIII century Grigory Skovoroda that have come down to us.