Snowboarder highlights new Russian currency

New Russian currency

Russia’s newest 100-ruble bank note features a snowboarder flying through the air. Photo is a screenshot

The Central Bank of Russia has issued a commemorative 100-ruble note featuring a snowboarder leading up to its Sochi Olympic Games in 2014. The note which measures roughly six inches by two-and-a-half inches, was designed by Pavel Bushev, a student at the Repin Institute for Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, according Russian website Rsport.ru. It features a snowboarder grabbing his board in the air and flying over the outline of Sochi.

"For the first time, the Bank of Russia will release a commemorative Olympic bill, and for the first time, the picture will be vertically oriented," said First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia George Lutntovsky in the article.

The move is likely inspired by China's 2008 recreation of the 10-yuan note to include the Beijing Games' signature Bird's Nest Stadium and an Olympic discus thrower.

Originally the note wasn't supposed to be released to the general public until November 29, but a sale on eBay is currently listing the bills for $16.50 plus shipping. There are still no reports as to whether or not these bills have been confirmed authentic.

For those who think 100 rubles for $16.50 is a steal, keep in mind that the bill is worth about $3 American. Still, the commemorative bill may someday be an iconic souvenir of the 2014 Olympic Games. Only time will tell, but keep your eyes peeled for the new Russian currency on collector forums worldwide.

Here’s a weird video of the bank note’s debut from a few weeks ago.

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