At the beginning of issue the rate of Russian rouble to a dollar was 2 to 1 and a 500 rouble note could have been exchanged in any bank in the world for equivalent of $250 in gold. By the end of WWI, Russian rouble was about 18 cents. Obviously much less of valuable note with AA prefix letters were printed than later even AH prefix issues regardless how common signature of a cashier may be. It is a combination of both that make a note rare.
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59 notes • 1 rouble from 1898, 163 notes • 3 roubles from 1905, 233 notes • 5 roubles from 1909, 325 notes • 10 roubles from 1909, 93 notes • 25 roubles from 1909, 4 notes • 50 roubles from 1899, 230 notes • 100 roubles from 1910, 55 notes - 500 roubles from 1912. Total of all notes: 1,162