Hi all, Jay here with a new note from the Russian Empire:
The front of this note is shown below and depicts the imperial coat of arms. The coloring is mostly green with underlying pink and red accents. A series of repeating watermarks of the number '3' cover much of the note and can be seen most distinctly near the borders below. Also on this image, note the Shipov signature on the left. This note comes in three signature varieties: Timashev, Konshin, and Shipov.
The back of the note, shown below, also depicts the Imperial coat of arms along with two large numeral threes. The elegant border designs around the main features of the note, both on the front and back, were designed to be both pleasing to the eye as well as a deterrent to counterfeiters.
This note measures 98 by 152 mm and is a relatively common specimen even in higher grades. As always, feel free to post any questions or comments!