3836. A one hundred ruble bill is worth one hundred rubles. No one would question that. It is worth one hundred rubles until the instant that someone discovers that it is a counterfeit one hundred-ruble bill. At that moment it does not begin to depreciate in value, and drop say to a value of fifty rubles, but it just plummets right down to zero.
3837. A counterfeit bill may involve its owner in some difficulties; you might say that as a counterfeit bill it is worth considerably less than nothing.
3838. The fall from grace of some one hundred-ruble bill, however does not call into question the monetary system because all of the so-called “real” hundreds retain their status.