Let's remember N. V. Gogol and his 'Dead Souls' - Chichikov's dialogue with Sobakevich in the process of bargaining when buying dead souls.
The auction began with the sum of 100 rubles offered by the cunning Sobakevich, Chichikov estimated the dead souls much cheaper.
'I will now tell you one pleasant word for you. Do you want a corner?' - Sobakevich lowered the price somewhat.
'That is, twenty-five rubles? Neither, nor, nor, I will not even give a quarter of a corner ... '
'Corners' with a face value of 25 rubles were included in classical literature, and in life another popular name was fixed for a credit card – 'quarter', i.e. ¼ of a hundred rubles.
The banknote with a face value of 25 rubles of the sample of 1909 depicts Tsar Alexander III.
The portrait of Emperor Alexander III (1845-1894) appeared on paper money initially in the form of a watermark – also on 25-ruble credit cards, but of the sample of 1896 - with the image of a Russian woman with a shield.
And already on the state credit card of 25 rubles of the sample of 1909, the portrait of the father of the reigning monarch was printed in printing ink: in an oval vignette on the reverse side of the banknote-on the right.
And on the left – the same larger portrait, but in the form of a watermark.