According to the tradition dating back to the emergence of Russian paper money, credit cards were signed by the Governor of the State Bank and one of the bank tellers when issued into circulation. Experienced collectors of paper banknotes of Russia are well aware of the names of the cashiers Afanasyev, Ivanov, Ovchinnikov, Sveshnikov, Sofronov, who left their facsimiles on many credit cards. Moreover, some of the cashiers remained to serve in the State Bank even after the revolution, and their signatures are already on the Soviet signs of the Russian Federation of early issues.
Among the tsarist cashiers was a certain Brutus, who began signing banknotes in 1887. The last note known to collectors, signed by Brutus, dates from 1910.
In 1914, Brutus hanged himself - according to rumors, from the fact that he gambled government money.
At the beginning of 1915, gambling flourished in Russia, which was carried out not only in public places (for example, in clubs), but also in the apartments of townspeople. Among fans of gambling, there was a belief that the noose or personal thing of the hanged man brings good luck in the game. So, in January 1915, in the circles of players, the assumption arose that the ruble signed by Brutus was "lucky".
In the January 24 issue of the Petersburg Leaflet newspaper, the first printed article about the Brutov ruble was published. It stated that:
“Among the club, cross-country and other players there was a rumor about a lucky ruble signed by the cashier Brutus, who recently committed suicide in a fit of insanity. This rumor, which instantly flew around all the hot spots of the capital, was caused, as it is assumed, by a large win, which fell to the lot of the player who bet on such a ruble. "
According to legend, this "Brutus ruble" was the last player to have, and thanks to the winnings he received from him, he was able to win back everything that had been lost earlier.
As you know, Brutus hanged himself, and, according to popular belief, the rope of the gallows brings good luck to the one who got it. The player who bet on the "Brutus ruble" did not have a rope, but perhaps he thought that the ruble signed by Brutus would be an adequate substitute. However, maybe at the time of the bet, he did not pay attention at all to who signed the ruble.
Be that as it may, when the rumor was publicized, many Petrograd players immediately rushed in search of Brut's rubles. Taking advantage of this, resourceful money changers spread the rumor that the rubles signed by Brutus were very rare and could no longer be obtained in any state bank. Thus, the value of one “lucky” ruble was brought to an unprecedented price of 20-25 rubles.
Concerned about the sharp rise in the value of the Brutus ruble, the Russian Ministry of Finance was forced to respond to these speculative operations with an article "For the information of those buying up Brutus rubles" published by the Petersburg Leaflet on February 5, 1915. This article stated that "contrary to the assurances of speculators, the State Bank still issues such rubles that it has in cash and does not take a single extra penny for them." But, despite this, those who want to get the lucky amulet have not diminished.
Even today, the "Brutus ruble" is much more expensive than bills signed by other cashiers. Probably modern gamblers are not averse to checking the old legend, carrying the ruble of the hanged Brutus in their wallet ...