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Banknote Book & CPG® PRICE GUIDE

Catalog & market information for bank notes issued by Russo-Chinese Bank

The Russo-Chinese Bank (RCB) was founded in the Russian embassy in Paris, France on 5 December 1895 with Russian and French capital on the initiative of the then Russian minister of finance, Sergei Witte. It lent money to China and issued Chinese government bonds to finance its indemnity to Japan after the First Sino-Japanese War. On 28 August 1896, the Chinese government bought into the bank for the construction of the China Eastern Railway, with the Chinese name for the bank translating as the “Sino-Russian Righteous Victory Bank.” Construction of the Chinese Eastern Railway began in 1898 and the Russo-Chinese Bank began collecting fares for passengers and freight as soon as traffic started in 1902. A large Russian colony grew up in the concession zone along the line and the bank served to assist in the extensive development of this new industry and commerce. By 1906, the bank had become the second largest bank in China and had opened branches in Beijing, Bombay, Hankou, Hong Kong, Japan, London, New York, the Russian Far East, Shanghai, Siberia, Tianjin, and San Francisco, although the latter was destroyed just after opening by the great quake of 18 April 1906. The Russo-Chinese Bank took a huge hit from the Russo-Japanese War (1904 - 1905). Having actively financed Russian military operations, the bank lost most of the funds accumulated prior to the war. Business declined sharply. To survive, the bank merged with several other imperial Russian banks. In July 1910, it merged with Banque du Nord, created by Société Générale in 1901 and with extensive interests in Saint Petersburg and elsewhere in Russia, to form the Russo-Asiatic Bank (RAB). In 1918, after the Russian Revolution, the Soviet government nationalized all banks within its territory, including the Russo-Asiatic Bank. A separate Russo-Asiatic Bank set up new headquarters in Paris the same year, and remained owner of the Chinese Eastern Railway Company. The Russo-Asiatic Bank was dissolved on 26 September 1926, after losing 5 million pounds sterling in foreign currency speculation on the Paris financial markets. In addition to the printed signatures, issued notes have a handwritten control signature in a panel at lower center front or back.

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壹百文 (100 cash)
(B6701a, PS503)

 
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壹百文 (100 cash)
(B6701ar, PS503)

 
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参百文 (300 cash)
(B6702a, PS504)

 
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参百文 (300 cash)
(B6702ar, PS504)

 
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伍百文 (500 cash)
(B6703a, PNL)

 
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伍百文 (500 cash)
(B6703ar, PNL)

 
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1 kuping tael
(B6704a, PS506)

Worth: $9,380 - $36,000
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3 kuping taels
(B6705a, PS507)

Worth: $10,600 - $21,200
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5 kuping taels
(B6706a, PS508)

 
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10 kuping taels
(B6707a, PS509)

 
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25 kuping taels
(B6708a, PNL)

 
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25 kuping taels
(B6708as, PNL)

 
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50 kuping taels
(B6709a, PS510)

 
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100 kuping taels
(B6710a, PS511)

 
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1 Mexican dollar
(B6711a, PS536)

Worth: $3,130 - $27,600
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5 Mexican dollars
(B6712a, PS537)

Worth: $14,400 - $42,000
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10 Mexican dollars
(B6713a, PS538)

Worth: $24,000 - $24,000
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10 Mexican dollars
(B6713as, PS538)

 
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50 Mexican dollars
(B6714a, PS539)

 
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100 Mexican dollars
(B6715a, PS540)

 
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100 Mexican dollars
(B6715as, PS540)

 
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1 dollar
(B6716a, change)

 
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1 dollar
(B6716b, change)

 
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1 dollar
(B6716as1, change)

 
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1 dollar
(B6716as2, change)

 
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5 dollars
(B6717a, PS518&PS523)

 
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5 dollars
(B6717b, PS518&PS523)

 
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5 dollars
(B6717as1, PS518&PS523)

 
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5 dollars
(B6717as2, PS518&PS523)

 
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10 dollars
(B6718a, PS524&PS548)

Worth: $24,000 - $24,000
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10 dollars
(B6718b, PS524&PS548)

 
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10 dollars
(B6718as1, PS524&PS548)

 
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10 dollars
(B6718as2, PS524&PS548)

 
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1 Chingping Tsuyin tael
(B6719a, PS531)

 
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1 Chingping Tsuyin tael
(B6719as, PS531)

 
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5 Chingping Tsuyin taels
(B6720a, PS532)

 
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5 Chingping Tsuyin taels
(B6720as, PS532)

 
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10 Chingping Tsuyin taels
(B6721a, PS533)

 
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10 Chingping Tsuyin taels
(B6721as, PS533)

 
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50 Chingping Tsuyin taels
(B6722a, PS534)

 
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50 Chingping Tsuyin taels
(B6722as, PS534)

 
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100 Chingping Tsuyin taels
(B6723a, PS535)

 
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100 Chingping Tsuyin taels
(B6723as, PS535)

 
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1 hong ping hua pao tael
(B6724a, PS549)

 
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1 hong ping hua pao tael
(B6724ap, PS549)

 
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1 hong ping hua pao tael
(B6724as, PS549)

 
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5 hong ping hua pao taels
(B6725a, PS550)

 
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5 hong ping hua pao taels
(B6725as, PS550)

 
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10 hong ping hua pao taels
(B6726a, PS551)

 
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10 hong ping hua pao taels
(B6726as, PS551)

 
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50 hong ping hua pao taels
(B6727a, PS552)

 
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50 hong ping hua pao taels
(B6727as, PS552)

 
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100 hong ping hua pao taels
(B6728a, PS553)

 
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100 hong ping hua pao taels
(B6728as, PS553)

 
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500 hong ping hua pao taels
(B6729a, PS554)

 
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500 hong ping hua pao taels
(B6729as, PS554)

 
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1 Mexican dollar
(B6730a, PS541)

 
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1 Mexican dollar
(B6730ap, PS541)

 
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5 Mexican dollars
(B6731a, PS542)

 
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5 Mexican dollars
(B6731ap, PS542)

 
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10 Mexican dollars
(B6732a, PS543)

 
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10 Mexican dollars
(B6732ap, PS543)

 
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50 Mexican dollars
(B6733a, PS544)

 
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50 Mexican dollars
(B6733ap, PS544)

 
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100 Mexican dollars
(B6734a, PS545)

 
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100 Mexican dollars
(B6734ap, PS545)

 
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