MOSCOW. Share of 100 Roubles. brown, blue, black. No 7180. The Red Square has been a centre for trade in Russia since the 15th century. Until the early 19th century it was a very informal market area, based on a labyrinth of narrow passages. Tsar Alexander I decided that it must be rebuilt as a formally organisedmarket, and a building, similar to Roman markets, was built; it had upper trading levels, separate from the market at street level. In 1890 it was decided to enlarge and rebuild the market, and the enormous construction works were completed in 1893. The building was taken over after the Revolution, the traders expelled, and reopened in 1921 as a government building. Only in 1953 did the building return to its original purpose. The Soviet Government decided to rebuild the lower levels, which, together with the upper levels, became the famous department store GUM. A company was formed in 1890 to manage the department store, and this is one of its shares. It is extremely decorative, showing the magnificent 1893 facade of the building, right across the share, and also two of the Kremlin towers. At he bottom is the memorial to the heroes Minin and Posharski, in Red Square. We offer here a 1890 founder share, and should not be confused with the 1911 share of similar design - see next lot.
Themes: SHOPS â€“ MARKETS
Startprice: € 1500