He set about centralizing the Russian government and consolidating his power.He engaged in a reign of terror against anyone he thought might oppose him, torturing and executing many thousands of his subjects, including his own son.
The 50 Rubles is approximately 5.25" x 5.75" (10.3 x 14.2cm).
The 25 Rubles is approximately 3.5" x 5" (8.5 x 12.3cm).
At the top is the Soviet arms featuring the hammer and sickle over the earth. All the bonds of a given year have the same vignettes, however each denomination of bond comes is a different size.
The 1944 bonds feature troops advancing with two tanks and waving a large, red flag. The 100 Ruble is approximately 6" x 8" (15 x 20cm).
The 1,3,5 and 10 Rubles are dated 1991, and the 25 Rubles is dated 1961. All five notes include the Soviet emblem of the hammer and sickle enveloping the earth The MMM Corporation in Russia was one of the most spectacular scams in history.
As many as 40 Million people lost as much as Billion dollars by the time it was closed down by Russian authorities.
When first issued it was equivalent to 3.87 grams of gold, which is worth about 0 today! The design incorporates the Romanov Imperial Eagle on both sides.
The notes issued by the Czarist government had a full serial number consisting of two letters and six digits.
He apparently had quite an appetite for women, having gone through seven wives and keeping some 50 concubines.
Having destroyed the and having killed his most promising heir, Russia fell into "The Time of Troubles" after his death in 1584.
They are wonderful, historic pieces featuring socialist realism art.