Russian currency has name “ruble” (“roobl`” with soft “l”) since the 13th century. Ruble’s name originates from word “rubit`”, which means “to chop”, because the first coins were cleaved with axes.
Imperial and soviet banknotes are quite boring. Soviet rubles mostly had Lenin’s bust on the front side and image of Kremlin on the back side. So I start with present Russian banknotes, which were issued in 1997. All of them have an illustration of famous monuments and viewpoints from different cities of Russia.
Great Novgorod; Millennium of Russia monument (1862); wall of Novgorod Kremlin (Kremlin = fortress)
Krasnoyarsk; Communal bridge across Yenisei; hydroelectric plant
Saint Petersburg; Rostral Columns (they were erected in 1810 to serves as beacons)
Moscow; Bolshoi Theater and the sculpture of chariot on the top of it
Arkhangelsk; monument to Peter the Great; Solovetsky Monastery
Yaroslavl; monument to Yaroslav the Wise; John the Baptist Church;
Khabarovsk; monument to Muravyov-Amursky; bridge across Amur
Apollo’s privates on a banknote are the reason of long holy war
some travelers aspire to make photos of banknotes next to the real monuments
Russian cents are called “kopeika”, which literally means “tiny spear-man”. Kopeika got its name after Saint George, who was usually printed on a coin.
Saint George by Raphael (1506)
Finally in 2013 Russia has approved an international sign of ruble:
the new design