DescriptionBy Bulanov D. A.The word kopek, kopeck, copeck, or kopeyka (in Russian: копейка, kopeyka) derives from the Russian kop'yo (копьё) — a spear. The first kopek coins, minted at Novgorod and Pskov from about 1535 onwards, show a horseman with a spear. From the 1540s onwards the horseman bears a crown, and doubtless the intention was to represent Ivan the Terrible, who was Grand Prince of all Russia until 1547, and Tsar thereafter. Subsequent mintings of the coin, starting in the 1700s, bear instead Saint George striking down a serpent.In 1704, Russia was the first country in the world to introduce a decimal monetary system, where one ruble was equal to 100 kopeks.
Soviet Art, Boulder, CO Member Since September 2010 Artist Statement Welcome! Добро Пожаловать! Have you ever wondered how does it feel to exist in the communistic society? There is no space for an individual, everyone is the part of the one big group that has to think, act and have the same ideals. Beware! One wrong step and you are in the Gulag. How does one know how to act properly under such regime you may ask? Soviet Union found good visual method to present their messages – Posters! Posters were showing peoples do’s and don’ts, good and bad, kind and evil. Posters told people how to work, educate, entertain and act. As you can see posters played huge role in the everyday life of the Soviet Union citizen. So if you think that you are Russian Culture and Art Enthusiast, you MUST get one of our poster reproductions! Having one of the soviet posters at home or work shows deep understanding of the world history events and mistakes of the past. It presents your unique artistic taste, intelligence and perhaps your Russian heritage. Finally, it is simply fun to have it on your wall! So hurry up and get your poster today!