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Coin tremis, Byzantium | Hobby Keeper Articles

Tremissus of Justinian I the Great (ad 527-565)

The monetary system of the Byzantine Empire was a gold standard with an underlying solid weight of 4.5 g of 900 gold.

Read more → 24.10.2020

Denarius, Vespasian, Ancient Rome, 69-79 | Hobby Keeper Articles

Vespasian's silver denarius (69-79 ad)

Emperor Vespasian, who was at the head of Ancient Rome in the first century ad, is associated in everyday consciousness with the textbook phrase said to his son Titus, the future Emperor: 'Money does not smell.'

Read more → 20.10.2020

1000 rubles banknote, 1919, Russia | Hobby Keeper Articles

Thousand-ruble 'bell»

During the civil war of 1918 – 1920 in Russia, some generals, admirals and atamans of the white movement tried on, figuratively speaking, the jacket of issuers of banknotes.

Read more → 14.10.2020

1000 rubles bill, 1919, Russia | Hobby Keeper Articles

1000 rubles Yudenich

One of the most beautiful bills of the volunteer armies of Russia – 1,000 rubles Of the field Treasury of the North-Western front in 1919.

Read more → 09.10.2020


Coppers Of Paul I

Emperor Paul I during his short reign from 1797 to 1801 – 4 years, 4 months, 4 days – was marked by attempts to dissociate himself from the policy of his mother Catherine the great in almost all areas, including coinage.

Read more → 04.10.2020

20 pfennings bill, Germany | Hobby Keeper Articles


Notgeld – the German word (notgeld – money in case of an emergency), in essence – surrogate money, which a lot of issued not only in Germany, as emergencies in different countries have occurred repeatedly.

Read more → 29.09.2020

Banknote of 1 ruble, 1919, of the RSFSR | Hobby Keeper Articles

The first money of the Soviet government

If there was a competition for the worst money design of all time, one of the contenders for the victory would be the first money of the Soviet government, issued in March 1919. People's Commissariat of Finance  R. S. F. S. R.

Read more → 22.09.2020

The coin is a Tetradrachm, Phoenicia, 323-317 BC | Hobby Keepeer Articles

Phoenician tetradrachma from the city of Arados

Tetradrachma (from tetras-four, drachme-drachma) is a silver coin that served as a major monetary unit in the domestic trade of Ancient Greece, Judea, Phoenicia and in international trade.

Read more → 18.09.2020

Banknote assignat of 10 sous, France, 1793 | Hobby Keeper Articles

Assignats of The French revolution

French assignats of the XVIII century were generated by the great French revolution.

Read more → 11.09.2020

Byzantine follis | Hobby Keeper Articles

Byzantine follis of the X-XI century ad.

Follis - so in Ancient Rome called a bag of copper coins, which was sealed for ease of handling – so as not to count the change.

Read more → 06.09.2020

Banknote of 3 rubles, "Bons of the Transcaucasian Commissariat" | Hobby Keeper Articles

Transcaucasian ruble

In November 1917, immediately after the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd, the Transcaucasian Commissariat was established in Tiflis, which assumed full power in Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.

Read more → 02.09.2020

The Token O. K. Z., The Russian Empire | Hobby Keeper Articles

O. K. Z. Badge.

Exonumia or paranumismatics-this is the name of collecting coin-like artifacts that were not originally intended to perform the function of money.

Read more → 27.08.2020

1 mark banknote, 1919, Latvia | Hobby Keeper Articles

Prince Avalov-Bermondt's money

During the civil war, the Volunteer armies of the white movement were engaged in issuing their own money.

Read more → 20.08.2020

Banknote $ 2 USA, 1928 | Hobby Keeper Articles

Banknote $ 2 USA

The value in 2 units of national currency rare among bills – 2 dollar bill United States was in company with 2 Chinese yuan, 2 Bulgarian leva, 2 Georgian lari and a small list is not the most well-known currency such as the Kwacha, Zambia, Ghana Cedi, Rufiyaa Maldives, Tala Western Samoa etc.

Read more → 16.08.2020

Coin drachma, Greece | Hobby Keeper Articles

The Drachma Of Ancient Greece

The drachma was the name of the national currency of the Hellenic Republic prior to the introduction of the Euro in the country since January 1, 2002.

Read more → 12.08.2020

Cuba 10 pesos, series of 1960 | Hobby Keeper Articles

The signature on the bill – autograph layman

On 14 June 1928 in Rosario (Argentina), born Ernesto Che Guevara – revolutionary and statesman, Argentinian by birth, whose name is usually associated with crucial events in the history of other Latin American countries – Cuba.

Read more → 06.08.2020

Coupon-banknote of 10 ducats 1798 | Hobby Keeper Articles

Venetian Ducat – not gold

Brilliant 500-year history of the Venetian gold Ducat was completed at the end of the XVIII century together with the loss of independence.

Read more → 30.07.2020

Tsaritsyno bona "Mininco" $ 100 | Hobby Keeper Articles


The theme of 'money hunger' in Russia occurs in periods of revolutionary for the economy to shocks when the power in the heart ceases to feel the pulse of life on the ground.

Read more → 27.07.2020

Bill greybacks | Hobby Keeper Articles

Once again on the rebel money

In 1861 in the US Civil war began between the North and the South. The war had divided the country into 2 spheres of monetary circulation: on the North, the trade was served by green notes (greenbacks) with portraits of President Lincoln and Treasury Secretary chase, in the South it was more diverse and much more interesting.

Read more → 21.07.2020

Photo of girl thinking | Hobby Keeper Articles

My first collection painting - tale always with me

When my dad gave me a birthday album for brands, the question of its content.

Read more → 17.07.2020

Dollar brown | Hobby Keeper Articles

The oldest Bon in my collection

'Financial newspaper' for July 13, 2020 published an article entitled 'the US Dollar turned 230 years.' Based on the title of the article, this is the year Americans should toast in honor of the 230th anniversary of the national currency.

Read more → 16.07.2020

Numismatics | Hobby Keeper Articles

As I discovered numismatics

I have, like a real numismatist (I want to believe that I can call myself so) has a lot of friends and acquaintances with whom we have a common passion - coins. But I, and all my friends collectors started with something small.

Read more → 16.06.2020

Gold solidus, Byzantine Empire | Hobby Keeper Articles

Golden solid from Constantinople

The gold solidus appeared in circulation during the reign of the first Byzantine Emperor Constantine the Great (306-337 ad), replacing the Roman Golden aureus.

Read more → 21.10.2020

Dang Khan Janibek, 742g. Ah, the Golden Horde | Hobby Keeper Articles

Money Of The Golden Horde

Coins of the ulus of Jochi, known as the 'Golden Horde' – this is a topic for numismatists of a special warehouse, who in small coins without portraits of rulers, with a legend written in Arabic script, see both the ruler, the place of coinage, and the era itself, which most of us have learned from school the wording '200 years of the Tatar-Mongol yoke'.

Read more → 16.10.2020

Anniversary banknote 1, 5, 10 baht, Thailand, 2007 | Hobby Keeper Articles

King Rama IX

Rarely, but sometimes: you look at the banknote from the obverse, turn it to the reverse – and there is something completely unexpected.

Read more → 10.10.2020


'Katenka' Timashev

State credit card. One hundred rubles. 1898The state Bank exchanges credit cards without limiting the amount (1 p = 1/15 Imperial contains 14.424 shares of pure gold). Manager S. Timashev

Read more → 07.10.2020

Notgeld of flax obverse, Germany | Hobby Keeper Articles

Notgeld of linen

Notgeld as a surrogate money differed not only in its simple design, the Germans and Austrians went down in history and the materials from which they managed to make local money.

Read more → 02.10.2020

Card for receiving TOBACCO and TOBACCO products, RSFSR, 1919 | Hobby Keeper Articles

Card for receiving TOBACCO and TOBACCO products

The policy of war communism in the R. S. F. S. R. tried to force money out of the sphere of economic relations by means of a tool to which the Bolsheviks assigned the main role in the system of distribution of material goods – various kinds of cards.

Read more → 24.09.2020

25 rubles banknote, 1917, Odessa | Hobby Kepeer Articles

Money of Odessa 1917

In 1917, Odessa was living with the same problems as the whole of Russia-literally 'without a Tsar in my head': freedom, rallies and anarchy.

Read more → 20.09.2020

Assignat 25 livres, 1792, France | Hobby Keeper Articles

25 livres 1792

How could two seemingly mutually exclusive things – the portrait of the king of France and the symbolism of The great French revolution-be depicted on one state monetary sign?

Read more → 16.09.2020

25 rubles banknote, 1918, Russia | Hobby Keeper Articles

Walruses, or rubles of the Northern region

'Money is running out-send it urgently!' - such telegrams came to the Central office of the state Bank in early 1918 from all over Russia.

Read more → 09.09.2020


The estimated signs of the collective supply, 1921 - 1922

How can banknotes issued by an enterprise be more attractive to the population of the country than nationwide legal tender? They can!

Read more → 04.09.2020

1000 karbovantsev banknote, 1918, Ukraine | Hobby Keeper Articles

1 000 karbovanets of the Ukrainian state of 1918

A curious fact of our history: during the difficult years of the Civil war, when the Russian Empire collapsed into several parts, each of which proved its right to a special path of development by armed means, and the people were starving, issuers of banknotes that had no experience in state construction sometimes produced such masterpieces that surpass most modern money in their beauty.

Read more → 30.08.2020

Silver denarius coin | Hobby Keeper Articles

Silver denarius in honor of the diva Faustina

Annia Galeria Faustina Major was the name of the wife of the ancient Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius.

Read more → 25.08.2020

Banknote 100 rubles Semenova, Russia, 1920 | Hobby Keeper Articles

Ataman Semyonov's money

Ataman Semyonov Grigory Mikhailovich was not just one of the Cossack atamans, of which there were many in the Civil war.

Read more → 19.08.2020

1 pound, G. Lewis, UK, 2009 | Hobby Keeper Articles

The money town of Lewes, East Sussex, England

Lewis is a small town in the South-East of England, administrative centre of the County of East Sussex.

Read more → 14.08.2020

Bill "Kremenchug" for 10 rubles | Hobby Keeper Articles

Surrogate money Kremenchug

The Civil war in Russia gave rise to a great variety of surrogate money: they released armed forces – the fronts and armies, provincial and district cities, factories and shops.

Read more → 09.08.2020

Biafra | Hobby Keeper Articles

Bariski pound - money of the separatists

November 26, 1969 leader of the rock band Beatles John Lennon returned to the Queen the Order of the British Empire.

Read more → 04.08.2020

Coin Sequin 1 | Hobby Keeper Articles

The Venetian gold Ducat

Golden circle 980-th sample of 3.5 grams, diameter of 21 mm is the most stable medieval currency: we are talking about the gold Venetian Ducat.

Read more → 29.07.2020

"Nemcova" 500 rubles | Hobby Keeper Articles


Russia, 1990-e years – the disintegration of economic ties, the chain of defaults, the salary is not paid for 2-3 months.

Read more → 22.07.2020

Photo albums with stamps | Hobby Keeper Articles

My favorite brand

If You have something a lot, why should something/someone will be You like more than others. So every teacher has their favorites, the coach - their favourites, the collector - the most valuable specimens.

Read more → 20.07.2020

My photo album with stamps | Hobby Keeper Articles

Sol inspiration is my Aivazovsky

This year, 17 (29 articles) July marks 203 years since the birth of the marine painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. Today some people prefer extravagant abstract art Picasso, I caress your soul classic seascapes.

Read more → 17.07.2020

2 Tala banknote Samoa | Hobby Keeper Articles

The banknotes of the sample c signature of the Minister of Finance

Sample paper banknotes – special topic in bonistics, and – rare: not much happens. It should be recognized that sample sample – discord: when the sample is intended for reproduction of banknotes is one case, and when samples are intended for distribution to banks or for business gifts is another case.

Read more → 13.07.2020

Photo Girl explores stamps | Hobby Keeper Articles

As I began collecting stamps at age seven

Birthday - for many (including to me) is a favorite holiday. Always waiting for happy events, guests and, of course, gifts.The seven-year period I remember not only sweet Goodies from my mom. But a surprise from my dad. It was not the album, not the book, which opened inside I saw the familiar pages. There was maaaaaaany pictures in a fancy carved frame. Each looked at me, a bright flower with the inscription 'Mail USSR'...

Read more → 08.06.2020

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