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The ruble or rouble (in ) is a unit of currency. It is currently the currency unit of Belarusmarker, Russiamarker, Abkhaziamarker, South Ossetiamarker and Transnistriamarker, and was the currency unit of several other countries, notably countries influenced by Russiamarker and the Soviet Unionmarker. One ruble is divided into 100 kopecks ( ), a name also used for the one-hundredth part of a Ukrainian hryvnia.

Coinage/paper bill values

5 rubles (since discontinued, but still legal tender), 10 rubles (would be discontinued after 2009, still are to remain a legal tender), 50 rubles, 100 rubles, 500 rubles, 1000 rubles and 5000 rubles.

1 kopek, 5 kopeks, 10 kopeks, 50 kopecks, 1 ruble, 2 rubles, 5 rubles and 10 rubles (some minted with some special insignia for some events, like the city jubilees).



According to one version, the word "ruble" is derived from the Russian verb рубить, rubit, i.e., to chop. Historically, "ruble" was a piece of a certain weight chopped off a silver ingot (grivna), hence the name.Another version of the word's origin is it comes from the Russian noun рубец, rubets, i.e., the seam that is left around the coin after casting: silver was added to the cast in two steps. Therefore, the word ruble means "a cast with a seam".

The ruble was the Russian equivalent of the mark, a measurement of weight for silver and gold used in medieval western Europe. The weight of one ruble was equal to the weight of one grivna.

In Russian, a folk name for "ruble", tselkovy (целковый, wholesome), is known, which is a shortening of the целковый рубль ("tselkovyi ruble"), i.e., a wholesome, uncut ruble.

The word kopek, kopeck, copeck, or kopeyka (in , kopeyka) derives from the Russian kop'yo (копьё) — a spear. The first kopek coins, minted at Novgorodmarker and Pskovmarker from about 1535 onwards, show a horseman with a spear. From the 1540s onwards the horseman bears a crown, and doubtless the intention was to represent Ivan the Terrible, who was Grand Prince of all Russia until 1547, and Tsar thereafter. Subsequent mintings of the coin, starting in the 1700s, bear instead Saint George striking down a serpent.

In 1704, Russia was the first country in the world to introduce a decimal monetary system, where one ruble was equal to 100 kopeks.

English spelling

Both the spellings "ruble" and "rouble" are used in English. The form "rouble" is preferred by the Oxford English Dictionary, but the earliest use recorded in English is the now completely obsolete "robble". The form "rouble" probably derives from the transliteration into French used among the Tsaristmarker aristocracy. There is some tendency for North American authors to use "ruble" and other English speakers to use "rouble", and also some tendency for older sources to use "rouble" and more recent ones to use "ruble", but neither tendency is absolute. An accurate, but ungainly, English transliteration is roobl’.

Plurals in Russian

The Russian plurals that may be seen on the actual currency are modified according to Russian grammar. Numbers 1, 21, 31 etc are followed by nominative singular рубль, копейка. Numbers 2-4, 22-24, 32-34 etc will be followed by genitive singular рубля, копейки. Numbers 5-20, 25-30, 35-40 etc will be followed by genitive plural рублей, копеек.

Other languages

In several languages spoken in Russia and the former Soviet Union, the currency name has no etymological relation with ruble. Especially in Turkic languages or languages influenced by them, the ruble is often known (also officially) as som or sum, (meaning pure), or manat (from Russian moneta, meaning coin).

In Ukrainian (which is closely related to Russian) the currency was known as karbovanets)

Soviet banknotes had their value printed in the languages of 15 republics of the Soviet Union.

List of rubles



(This list may not contain all historical rubles, especially rubles issued by sub-national entities)


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