In our continuing E-Sylum numismatic World Cup coverage, here's a story about how the Russians are claiming to have predicted a win with an image on their commemorative banknote.
Few people could have predicted Russia's run from FIFA's 70th-ranked country to a spot in the 2018 World Cup quarterfinals. The Bank of Russia knew, however.
The Bank printed special 100 ruble notes in commemoration of the nation's hosting gig, a practice it had previously undertaken with special bills for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Russia's 2015 annexation of Crimea. The 2018 printing, however, seems to have predicted the future with its imagery.
Specifically one image of a diving player just barely getting his left foot on a ball. Turns out, that's exactly how Igor Akinfeev would save Iago Aspas's shootout penalty kick to give Russia one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history. Here's the note (check out the top left corner and not the guy, uh, totally botching a save).
To read the complete article, see:
Did Russia World Cup Banknote Predict Win?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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