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Stratum plus. 2020. No6

A. S. Boiko-Gagarin (Kiev, Ukraine)

Counterfeiting of Money in South Bessarabia in the First Half of the 19th century

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Pages: 303-310

The object of the research is counterfeit money made and circulated on the territory of Southern Bessarabia from the time it was annexed to the Russian Empire until the middle of the 19th c. In the 1820s, Izmail was the most important center for the production of counterfeit money, where  Ottoman coins were forged. Counterfeit Russian banknotes also arrived in Southern Bessarabia, being imported — through the Ottoman lands — from the rebellious Poland in 1830—1831, as well as from England and the United States. These financial sabotages were aimed at destabilizing the economic situation in the region.

Keywords: Izmail, Ottoman Empire, Russian Empire, The United Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia, Turkish coins, financial sabotage, forgery credit bills

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Andrey Boiko-Gagarin (Kiev, Ukraine). Candidate of Historical Sciences. National Museum of the History of Ukraine. Volodymyrska St., 2, Kiev, 02000, Ukraine
E-mail: [email protected]

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