When I say Red Book, you probably think of "A Guide Book of United States Coins".
I saw this at my coin store while going through one of his "bargain" boxes. He keeps a few of these bargain bins for people to go through. Everyone seems to love them. Anyway, I saw this huge note and had to check it out more thoroughly. Only one way to do a good job of that. Buy it!! It is large, 10' X 4 3/4". That's about 260 mm X 122 mm.. I have found, while researching this note that there are quite a few around but most have been folded.. The front features the Imperial Russian Coat of Arms in addition to a transparent water mark of Catherine the Great This is one of the best watermarks I have ever seen or maybe I should say not seen. It really needs to be held up to a bright light to see it. Once that is done, it is amazing how much detail is in it. The back has a portrait of the Tzarista along with an allegorical male figure. Most of this series was issued prior to or encompassing World War 1, during Russia's huge inflationary period. I am working on a friend to come back from her honeymoon to read the Cyrillic for me. I'll let you know. This note had a cash value, in gold, of 50 1910 US dollars. Quite a chunk of change back then! I learned quite a bit about the history of this note and Russia from something that caught my eye in a bargain bin! I hope you enjoy the pictures and history lesson. Thanks for looking. I look forward to your comments.