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The 500-ruble Bank of Russia note

In circulation since
01.01.1998
Dimensions
150×65 mm
front side
back side

The 500-ruble banknote is printed on high-quality cotton paper of a light-violet hue. The protective fibres of light-green, red and violet colours are chaotically embedded in the paper. The vertical security thread with repeated text seen in the transparent light is embedded in the paper. The banknote has local watermarks in the left and right coupon fields.

The front of the banknote depicts the monument to Peter the Great and sailing ship in the port of Arkhangelsk.

On the back of the banknote there is Solovetsky monastery.

Predominant colours of the banknote are violet and blue.

The emblem of the Bank of Russia is made with optically-variable ink (OVI).

The banknote possesses several machine-readable security features.

On the front of the note there are two serial numbers that consist of two letters indicating the series followed by seven digits.

Security features

Security features checked in the transmitted light
Multitone watermark
The paper has local watermarks on the left and right coupon fields. In the wide coupon field there is a fragment of the monument to Peter the Great and in the narrow coupon field there is a numeric value of the denomination (value numeral 500). When the banknote is held up to the light you can see various parts of the watermarks, some of which are lighter while others are darker than the surrounding paper.
Multitone watermark
The paper has local watermarks on the left and right coupon fields. In the wide coupon field there is a fragment of the monument to Peter the Great and in the narrow coupon field there is a numeric value of the denomination (value numeral 500). When the banknote is held up to the light you can see various parts of the watermarks, some of which are lighter while others are darker than the surrounding paper.
Security thread
The paper contains a vertical narrow polymer security thread 1 mm in width. It becomes visible when the banknote is held up to the light. The thread bears a recurrent, direct and reverse inscription „ЦБР 500”, printed in black.
See-through (printing in) register
The note is printed with great accuracy so that irregular elements of the design on both sides of the banknote join up to form a complete picture when the banknote is viewed against the light.
front side
See-through (printing in) register
The note is printed with great accuracy so that irregular elements of the design on both sides of the banknote join up to form a complete picture when the banknote is viewed against the light.
back side
Security features checked with a magnifying glass (x8-x10)
Micropattern
On the reverse side of the banknote there are images consisting of fine lines that look like an even background for a naked eye. Copying these images causes their possible distortion or appearance of inappropriate light or dark images (moire effect).
Micropattern
On the reverse side of the banknote there are images consisting of fine lines that look like an even background for a naked eye. Copying these images causes their possible distortion or appearance of inappropriate light or dark images (moire effect).
Microtext
In the top part of the banknote there is a positive microtext in the form of seventeen lines of repeated value numeral „500”. At the bottom of the banknote there is a negative microtext in the form of eight stripes with a repeated text „ЦБР500”.
Microtext
In the top part of the banknote there is a positive microtext in the form of seventeen lines of repeated value numeral „500”. At the bottom of the banknote there is a negative microtext in the form of eight stripes with a repeated text „ЦБР500”.
back side
Security features checked by tilting a banknote
Optically variable ink (OVI)
The emblem of the Bank of Russia is printed with OVI ink. When the banknote is tilted, the emblem changes colour from reddish orange to yellowish green.
Metallic ink
It is ink with a metallic silvery sheen. The characteristic metallic luster of the ink used in this part of the banknote cannot be reproduced by рhotocopying.
Latent image of the letters „РР” (kipp-effect)
When a banknote is viewed at an acute angle, letters „РР” become visible on the decorative stripe. The letters become either light on a dark background or dark on a light background depending on the orientation of the banknote.
front side
Security features checked by tactile effect (raised print)
Raised print
The text „БИЛЕТ БАНКА РОССИИ” (the Note of the Bank of Russia), mark for people with impaired sight have a raised relief with a tactile effect.
Raised print
The text „БИЛЕТ БАНКА РОССИИ” (the Note of the Bank of Russia), mark for people with impaired sight have a raised relief with a tactile effect.
front side
Under IR light
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back side
Under UV light
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back side
Department responsible for publication: Cash Circulation Department
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Last updated on: 10/09/2020