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Communist banknotes: Part 2

So, yeah… Many months has passed. What happened? I don’t know. I didn’t have enough time. I lost interest. I forgot about the blog. But hey, let’s try again and we’ll see what happens!

Better start from where we left of and pretend like nothing’s happened!

CCCP 10 Rubel 1961

This 10 ruble banknote from the Soviet Union features the portrait of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. It was he who led the Russian revolution of 1917 which ended the Russian Empire and started the USSR a couple of years later. Lenin was the first leader of a communistic country and the first one to put Marx’s theory in practice. Did he do it properly? That’s questionable. Following Lenin’s death in 1924 Josef Stalin claimed power and made sure the socialistic ideals wasn’t made reality with an authoritarian and oppressing rule. Lenin would however live on in iconography and rhetoric as one of the most famous symbols of the USSR and communism.

charkiv lenin

In many places of the old USSR you can still spot Lenin on public places. This is a statue in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

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Norway: 5 øre 1962

The øre is the subunit of the Norwegian krone.

This Norwegian coin features former king Olav V on one side and a moose (elk, U.K.) on the other side. The moose is the largest animal in the deer family and they are widely spread over northern Europe, Russia, Canada and some parts of the U.S. The moose is a popular animal for hunting and their meat is appreciated by many. People from countries without the moose often tend to have a big fascination with them. In Sweden we normally talk about the Germen’s big interest in the moose which contributes to a lot of moose-related souvenirs.

Norway is today, in many different aspects, considered one of the best countries to live in – with the highest level of democracy, with good schools, healthcare, pension system and so on. Of course much of this welfare is a result of the oil from the North Sea which has made Norway one of the richest countries in the world.

This coin was minted 7 years before oil was found.

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