5 rubles sample of 1918-printed in Novocherkassk
5 Don rubles-traditionally blue, for my taste – they are the most beautiful of all the Don issues. And some issues are also the most protected against counterfeiting for banknotes of that time.
Since its foundation in 1805 by ataman Matvey Platov, Novocherkassk has been the administrative center of the Don Cossacks – until the revolution of 1917, about half of the city's population was represented by Cossacks and their family members, with almost no merchant class.
The region of the Don Army as an administrative unit had its own document flow, for the service of which in 1918 in Novocherkassk was created 'Expedition for the preparation of valuable forms' - read, a printing house for the execution of orders of the ataman of the Don Army.
The expedition produced not only letterheads-they printed everything that needed to be given a Cossack symbolism. In particular, in 1918, the expedition pleased the Cossacks with playing cards, on which the kings were depicted as Cossack atamans, jacks – in the form of Don Cossacks and ladies – in the form of Don Cossacks.
In February 1919, at the suggestion of the former governor of the State Bank of Russia, I. P. Shipov, who at that time held the position of a member of the Special Meeting under the Commander – in-Chief of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation, it was decided to use the production facilities of the Novocherkassk expedition to solve more serious problems-for printing banknotes.