Russia's New Two Hundred-Rouble Banknotes to Be Made From Durable Paper

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The new 200-rouble ($3.46) banknotes will be made from durable paper in order to extend their longevity, according to Arkady Tkachuk, general director of Goznak, Russia’s mint, who was interviewed by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

“There is a technology to produce durable paper,” Tkachuk said. “It is planned to be used for the manufacturing of one of the new banknotes of a smaller denomination.”

He went on to say that the wearing out of smaller-denomination banknotes is a typical problem.

It was reported earlier that the Bank of Russia’s board of directors had made its final decision about the designs for new banknotes. The 2,000-rouble ($34.60) banknote will feature symbols of the Russian Far East, including the bridge to Russky Island in Vladivostok and the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Amur Region. The 200-rouble banknote will feature symbols of Sevastopol on it, such as the Monument to the Sunken Ships and Chersonesus, the ancient Greek colony that was located on the Crimean peninsula. The banknotes will go into circulation in late 2017.