Armenia new 500-dram commemorative note (BNP301) confirmed introduced 22.11.2017

According to a press release dated 22 November 2017, Armenia introduced a new 500-dram note commemorating Noah’s Ark, the vessel that supposedly saved Noah’s family and the all the world’s animals from a biblical flood before coming to rest atop Mount Ararat in modern day Armenia. 300,000 notes were packaged in brochures and sold for 1,700 dram each.


BNP301 (PNL): 500 ԴՐԱՄ (dram) (US$1.05)
Yellow, gray, brown, and blue. Front: Armenian text; cabinet with Noah’s Ark relic in green-gold Kinegram; Etchmiadzin Cathedral building; back side of Mount Ararat; flying dove with olive branch in beak. Back: Armenian text; Mount Ararat; animals and birds flanking Noah’s family; flying eagle. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Noah’s Ark and electrotype 500. Printer: (Giesecke & Devrient). 140 x 76 mm. Hybrid.

Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Mikhail Plakhov.