Russian Bank Note

Russian Bank Note

At a garage sale (February 1997), I picked up what appears to be a 1909 10-Ruble bank note.

Both Front and Back
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A page on the Internet suggested a 1909 10-ruble bank note might currently be worth $2.00.

Another document from the net stated that

"The gold standard was established in January 1897 with 1 Ruble = 774.234 milligrams of fine gold. Gold convertibility was suspended in July 1914."

Here is a loose translation of what is on the banknote, courtesy of Bryan Fugate: