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Moscow Kremlin Museums to present "rich" edition of ruble history

MOSCOW, July 21 (RIA Novosti) - The Patriarch's Palace of the Moscow Kremlin will host the presentation of a book dedicated to the history of the ruble on July 22, the www.museum.ru website said.

The book, "The history of money in Russia: the 350th anniversary of the one-ruble coin," written by expert coin collector Sergei Zveryev and published by Moscow Kremlin Museums, is based on the museums' coin collection.

The Russian ruble is one of the oldest currencies in Europe. According to historical sources, the word "ruble" appeared in Novgorod in the 13th century. In 1654 under Tsar Aleksei Mikhailivich the first silver rubles were circulated, re-coined from Western European tallers.

The history of the ruble has coincided with Russian history, as any historical milestone led to a change in its features, including weight, image of the ruler, and national symbols. Throughout the centuries the ruble has remained both a method of payment and a symbol of state power.

The presenters of the exhibition include the Moscow Kremlin Museums' administration and leading research fellows, and officials of the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange (MICEX).

The book was published with support from MICEX.

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