Central Asia

Armenia 500-dram and Kyrgyzstan 2,000-som notes win Regional Banknote of the Year 2018

According to a 21 February 2018 press release, the organizers of High Security Printing EMEA, Reconnaissance, revealed the 2018 winners of the Regional Banknote of the Year during the gala dinner at the conference in Warsaw, Poland.

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Kazakhstan new 500-tenge note (B148) confirmed introduced 22.11.2017

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Like B147, but revised front/back, reduced in size, and new date (2017). Prefix AA. Intro: 22.11.2017.
Russian press release.

Courtesy of Wonsik Kang, Arsentij Khonin, Ömer Yalçinkaya, and Albert Vokhmin.


Kazakhstan new no-signature 5,000-tenge note (B149) confirmed

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Like B139b, but no signature at upper left back. Prefix BЛ.

Courtesy of Denis Orlov and Arsentij Khonin.

Tajikistan new sig/date (2017) 50-somoni note (B209c) confirmed

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Like B209b, but new date (2017) and new signatures. Prefix EJ.

Courtesy of Fritz Simons, Claudio Marana, and Leonid Graschenko (eBay kenvvood).

Turkmenistan new commemorative notes (B228 - B233) confirmed

These notes commemorate the 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games, held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from 17 to 27 September 2017. The front of each note is like the preceding issue, but with the addition of the Ashgabat 2017 logo on the watermark area at left.The back of each note depicts a new architectural building erected in the Turkmen capital in honor of the games. Anti-counterfeiting features have also been enhanced. The games logo is “executed by a special press method,” and the two lowest denominations’ nominal figures are printed in OVI, and on higher denominations printed with SPARK Live. These new notes are legal tender, and circulate in parallel with notes dated 2009, 2012, and 2014.

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Courtesy of Сергей Сбитнев and Sergey Sbitnev.


Tajikistan new sig/date (2017) 20-somoni note (B208c) confirmed

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B208c: Like B208b, but new date (2017) and new signatures (Emmomali Rakhmonov and Nurmahmadzoda Jamshed). Prefix DM.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.


Tajikistan new sig/date (2017) 10-somoni note (B215b) confirmed

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B215b: Like B215a, but new date (2017) and new signatures (Emmomali Rakhmonov and Nurmahmadzoda Jamshed). Prefix CT.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.


Uzbekistan new 50,000-som note (B215) confirmed

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According to a press release dated 14 August 2017, the Central Bank of Uzbekistan Republic intended to introduce a new 50,000-som note (B215) on 22 August 2017.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson, Daniel Silva, and Bogdans Youscenko.

Kazakhstan new 500-tenge note (B147) confirmed

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B147: Like B129, but no signature, and changes to bank name.

Courtesy of Said Chelmouni, Denis Orlov, Arsentiy Khonin, and Ömer Yalçinkaya.

Mongolia new sig/date (2017) 10-tögrög note (B430e) confirmed

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Like B430d, but new date (2017), new signature (Bayartsaikhan Nadmid), and watermark (Chinggis Khaan).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Uzbekistan new 10,000-som note (B214) confirmed

According to a press release dated 3 March 2017, on 10 March 2017 the Central Bank of Uzbekistan Republic introduced a new 10,000-som note (B214), double the value of the previous largest denomination in the country, yet still worth only US$2.95 at present exchange rates.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online) and Vadim Tislenko.



Kyrgyzstan modified portrait 50- and 100-som notes (B228, B229) confirmed

According to a press release dated 1 March 2017, the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic has introduced 50- and 100-som notes like the preceding issues, but with modified portraits, new signature, and new date (2016).

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Courtesy of Vladimir Buravlev and Vadim Tislenko.

Uzbekistan new 10,000-som note reported

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According to press reports, the Central Bank of Uzbekistan plans to introduce a new 10,000-som note, although when remains a mystery. The back of the reported note features the statue of Amir Temur in Shahrisabz.

Currently the largest denomination is the 5,000-som note (B213) introduced in 2013, and worth only US$1.50.

Courtesy of Tom Chao.

Kyrgyzstan modified 200-, 500-, and 1,000-som notes (B230, B231, B232) confirmed

The National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic introduced new banknotes on 1 January 2017. These notes are like the preceding issues, but with revised portraits at left front, round ornament at center front that reveals hidden image of COM when viewed with backlighting (TDLR’s Mask security feature), and the year 2016 at lower right back.

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Courtesy of Vladimir Buravlev.


Mongolia new date (2016) 50-togrog note (B421d) confirmed

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Like B421c, but new date (2016). Prefix AU.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Kazakhstan new 10,000-tenge commemorative note (B145) confirmed

According to a press release dated 15 November 2016, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of independence, on 1 December 2016 the National Bank of Kazakhstan introduced a note featuring the portrait of the country's first, and so far only president, Nursultan Äbishuly Nazarbayev.

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B145 (PNL): 10,000 tenge (US$30)
Violet and blue. Front: Outline of Kazakhstan; flag; Astana-Baiterek monument and large buildings in Astana; President Nursultan Äbishuly Nazarbayev wearing suit and tie; national emblem. Back (vertical): Mountain range; outline of Kazakhstan in SPARK; Kazakh Eli monument in Astana. Holographic stripe with demetalized signature of President Nursultan Abishuly Nazarbayev, Kazakh Eli monument, and Astana skyline. Solid security thread. Windowed security thread with demetalized sun and OH. Watermark: Nursultan Äbishuly Nazarbayev with electrotype 10000. Printer: (BFoNBK). 149 x 79 mm.
a. 2016. No signature. Prefix AA. Intro: 01.12.2016.

Courtesy of Ömer Yalçinkaya (eBay store), Albert Vokhmin, Cleo Phas, Nosenko Igor, and Mark Irwin.


Kazakhstan new 1,000-tenge note (B146) confirmed

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B146: Like B143, but without signature, and other minor modifications to the appearance of the bank’s name on front/back.

Courtesy of Ömer Yalçinkaya (eBay store).

Kazakhstan new signature 1,000-tenge note confirmed

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1,000 tenge, 2006. Like B130, but new signature. Prefix ДЖ.

Courtesy of Ömer Yalçinkaya.

Kazakhstan new sig 5,000-tenge note confirmed

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5,000 tenge, 2011. Like B139, but new signature (Kairat Kelimbetov).

Courtesy of Arsentij Khonin.



Kazakhstan new 20,000-tenge note postponed

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According to an article on Kapital.kz dated 18 December 2013, the National Bank of Kazakhstan has decided not to introduce a 20,000-tenge note at this time due to fears of inflation. At present the largest denomination is the 10,000-tenge note (US$65).

Courtesy of Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle.

Uzbekistan new 5,000-som note confirmed

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The Central Bank of Uzbekistan has issued a 5,000-som banknote on 1 July 2013, surpassing the 1,000-som note (CBU B12) introduced in 2001 as the largest denomination.

Since 1940, the Uzbek language has been written in Cyrillic script, but following the break-up of the Soviet Union, Latin script has been officially re-introduced. This is the first note on which Latin script is used.

CBU B13 (PNL): 5,000 so’m (US$2.35)
Green, blue, and brown. Front: Coat of arms. Back: Oliy Majlis parliament building in Tashkent. Windowed security thread with demetalized UZB. Watermark: Coat of arms and eletrotype 5000. Printer: (Uzbekistan). 144 x 77 mm.
a. 2013. Intro: 01.07.2013.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Dennis Zammit, and Brekke.ru.

Uzbekistan denies reports of new 5,000-som banknote

According to an article on Azernews dated 24 June 2013, the press service of the Central Bank of Uzbekistan has denied reports of an introduction of a new 5,000-som banknote. At present, the highest denomination remains the 1,000-som note (CBU B12) introduced in 2001, with a face value of approximately US$0.55.



Tajikistan revised 5- and 10-somoni notes confirmed

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On 27 December 2012, the National Bank of Tajikistan introduced revised 5- and 10-somoni (US$1.05 and $2.10, respectively) banknotes like the preceding issues (NBT B6 and B7), but with the addition of a Kinegram stripe at right front.

Courtesy of Dmitry Zagorenko (http://bonistica.ru) and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Tajikistan new 20-, 50-, and 100-somoni notes confirmed

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According to a press release dated 4 March 2013, on 5 March the National Bank of Tajikistan issued 20-, 50-, and 100-somoni notes with enhanced security features which include laser-etching the last three digits of the serial number into the adjacent holographic stripe. The 200-somoni note released two years ago was the first to have the laser-etched numbers.

Courtesy of Cedrian and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Kazakhstan 5,000-tenge note named IBNS Bank Note of the Year 2012

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The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) announces that its voting membership has again selected the National Bank of Kazakhstan to receive its prestigious “Bank Note of the Year” Award for 2012. Facing stiff competition as always from nearly 100 new banknotes released worldwide in 2012, the 5000 Tenge denomination Kazakhstan note was followed in voting by the Canada 50 Dollar and Jersey 100 Pound currency bills.

Now in its 52nd year, the IBNS has over 2000 members worldwide. As a nonprofit educational organization its objectives are to promote, stimulate and advance the study, collection and dissemination of information related to paper money. From all significantly newly designed and widely circulated banknotes released in 2012, the IBNS membership nominated notes from 13 different countries to place on the ballot. Nominees represented four continents and ranged from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East to North, South and Central America. Past “Bank Note of the Year” winners include Kazakhstan (2011), Uganda (2010), Bermuda (2009), Samoa (2008), Scotland (2007), Comoros (2006), Faeroe Islands (2005) and Canada (2004).

The 2012 winning banknote was designed collaboratively by De La Rue of England and the National Bank. The Banknote Factory of the National Bank of Kazakhstan undertook the printing. The 5000 Tenge bill has a face value of approximately 33 U.S. dollars or 25 euros or 22 British pounds at early-May 2013 exchange rates. The note was issued 30 December 2011 for circulation in 2012. Slightly narrower, but taller, than U.S. dollar bills, its size is almost identical to the 20 pound English and 50 Euro notes.

The stunning design, predominantly in vivid reddish-orange features the “Kazak Eli” monument with flying doves and panther in a vertical format on the face of the banknote. The horizontal format reverse side highlights a map of the country with mountains and the “Monument of Independence” with the Kazakhstan Hotel in the former capital city of Almaty. A full color image of this and other nominated banknotes are on the IBNS website.

The IBNS is open to membership from interested persons in any country. Details concerning all IBNS activities are available at www.theibns.org.

Kazakhstan accepts IBNS Bank Note of the Year award

This CapioNet page contains an article and English-language video showing the chairman of the National Bank of Kazakhstan accepting the IBNS Bank Note of the Year award for 2011.

Turkmenistan new 20-manat note dated 2012 confirmed

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TMB B25 (PNL): 20 manat (US$7)
Purple. Front: Map of Turkmenistan; coat of arms; Görogly Beg Türkmen. Back: Ruhyyet Köşgi (Ruhyyet Palace) building; five stars and crescent moon. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 20 MANAT. Watermark: Görogly Beg Türkmen; electrotype five stars, crescent moon, and 20; Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 138 x 69 mm.

Like TMB B18 (P25), but the lower right front around the denomination numeral has been redesigned, the date and signature (Tuvakmammet Japarov) are new, and a pearlescent stripe has been added on back.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Turkmenistan new 10-manat note dated 2012 confirmed

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TMB B24 (PNL): 10 manat (US$3.50)
Red. Front: Map of Turkmenistan; coat of arms; Magtymguly Pyragy. Back: Türkmenistanyň Merkezi Banky (Turkmenistan central bank) headquarters building; five stars and crescent moon. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 10 MANAT. Watermark: Magtymguly Pyragy; electrotype five stars, crescent moon, and 10; Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 132 x 66 mm. a. 2012. Signature 5. Intro: September 2012.

Like TMB B17 (P24), but the lower right front around the denomination numeral has been redesigned, the date and signature (Tuvakmammet Japarov) are new, and a pearlescent stripe has been added on back.

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Turkmenistan new 1-manat note dated 2012 confirmed

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TMB B22 (PNL): 1 manat (US$0.35)
Green. Front: Map of Turkmenistan; coat of arms; Togrul Beg Türkmen. Back: Beyik Saparmyrat Türkmenbasynyň Milli Medeniyet Merkezi (National Cultural Centre of Turkmenistan) buildings; five stars and crescent moon. Solid security thread and solid security thread with demetalized 1TMB. Watermark: Togrul Beg Türkmen; electrotype five stars, crescent moon, and 1; Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 120 x 60 mm.
a. 2012. Signature 5. Intro: September 2012.

Like TMB B15 (P22), but the lower right front around the denomination numeral has been redesigned, the date and signature (Tuvakmammet Japarov) are new, and a pearlescent stripe has been added on back.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson and Mikhail "Mike" Prizov.

Turkmenistan new 2012 notes reported

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According to a post on the web site of the Türkmenistanyñ Merkezi Banky (Central Bank of Turkmenistan), new banknotes have been issued in the denominations of 1, 5, 10, and 20 manat. All of the notes appear to be dated 2012, bearing new signatures, and with a pearlescent stripe on back. The two larger denominations also appear to have SPARK patches on front. There's no information on the fate of the 50- and 100-manat notes. As the largest denominations in Turkmenistan, one would assume they are in line for enhanced security features, too, but perhaps the bank still has sufficient stocks of the notes originally issued in 2009.

Courtesy of Mehdi Kasumov.

Kazakhstan new date (2012) non-commemorative 10,000-tengé note confirmed

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On 28 May 2012, the National Bank of Kazakhstan introduced a 10,000-tengé (US$69) note like B138 (PNL), but without the 20th anniversary logo on back, and a new date of 2012. The commemorative issue of this note recently received the IBNS Bank Note of the Year award.

Courtesy of Andrew Randall, Thomas Krause, and Ömer Yalcinkaya (stores.ebay.com/Omer-Yalcinkaya-Collection-Shop).


Kazakhstan new 5,000-tenge note (B139) confirmed


On 7 January 2012, the ҚАЗАҚСТАН ҰЛТТЫҚ БАНКІ (National Bank of Kazakhstan) issued a press release in Kazakh regarding a new 5,000-tengé (US$34) note dated 2011.

B139 (PNL): 5,000 tengé
Red, blue, yellow, and green. Front (vertical): OVI national emblem; stylized snow leopards; birds; Kazakh Eli monument in Astana; flag. Back: Outline of Kazakhstan; Zailijsky Alatau ridge of Tjan-Shan mountain range; field of flowers; Independence Monument and Kazakhstan hotel in Almaty. Solid security thread. Holographic stripe with apples, birds, and 5000. 6-mm wide windowed security thread. Watermark: Mythic Samruk bird with electrotype 5000. Printer: (BFoNBK). 144 x 76 mm.
a. 2011. Signature 5. Intro: 30.12.2011.
as. Diagonal red УЛГІ ovpt; horizontal red # ovpt at lower center.

Courtesy of Ömer Yalcinkaya.

Russia announces it is printing 10-ruble notes again


According to an article on The Moscow News dated 23 December 2011, Georgry Luntovsksy, the head of the Bank of Russia, has acknowledged, “In the fourth quarter [of 2011] we once again began printing the paper 10 ruble note, as banks had begun to complain of a deficit of the coins.” In October 2009, the bank announced the 10-ruble (US$0.30) note would be replaced with a coin.

Uzbekistan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Uzbekistan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

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Turkmenistan new 10,000-manat variety reported


There may be a new variety for the 10,000-manat note dated 1999, listed in The Banknote Book as TMB B6 (P13). As you can see from the scans above, there is a crescent moon and five stars in optically variable ink at upper left front. On the earlier issue (based upon the serial number) shown at left, the OVI appears green, but on later issues shown at right, the OVI appears gold. The differences in the color is not a scanning artifact; examining the notes themselves reveals they appear different to the naked eye even when tilted back and forth.

All images I’ve seen of notes with higher serial numbers than the one shown at right also appear to have gold OVI, including the revised 2000 dated note TMB B7 (P14). If anyone else has a green OVI note, please post a comment with your note’s serial number.

Courtesy of Richard Miranda.

Russia to issue modified 500- and 5,000-ruble notes in 2012


The Moscow News has run the above photo of Gennady Luntovsky, deputy chairman of Bank of Russia, holding a modified 5,000-ruble (US$177) note which has enhanced anti-counterfeiting features. According to this Russian-language post, the new 5,000-ruble notes are scheduled for introduction in 2012, along with upgraded 500-ruble notes.

Kazakhstan new 10,000-tenge commemorative note (B138) confirmed

In the second quarter of 2010, the board of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan adopted at its meetings 34 resolutions, including one “On emission of an anniversary banknote of KZT 10,000 (ten thousand) denomination devoted to the 20th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.”


B138 (PNL): 10,000 tengé (US$69)
Violet and blue. Front (vertical): National emblem; birds; Kazakh Eli monument in Astana; flag. Back: 20th anniversary logo; outline of Kazakhstan; Akorda Palace (the presidential residence in Astana); birds. Copper stripe. Solid security thread. Optiks security thread. Solid security thread. Watermark: Eagle with spread wings. Printer: (TDLR and BFoNBK). 149 x 79 mm. 2011. Signature 5. Intro: 04.07.2011.

Courtesy of Ted Sofos, Vadim Tislenko, and Ömer Yalcinkaya.

Kazakhstan new 1,000-tengé commemorative and specimen confirmed




1,000 tengé (US$6.90), 2011. Ten million banknotes were introduced on 25 May 2011 to commemoratie the Republic of Kazakhstan's chairmanship in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.

Obverse: The images are vertical. The main image in the middle of the banknote: the dome of the mausoleum of Hodja Akhmed Yassavi. On the left is the official logo of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. The face value is placed in the lower part of the banknote. The upper part shows the state symbols of the Republic of Kazakhstan: National Emblem and National Flag. The name of the issuing bank, in Kazakh, is placed vertically in the top left, above the name there is an inscription in the Kazakh language stating that counterfeiting banknotes is against the law.

Reverse: The images are horizontal. The main image is the mausoleum of Hodja Akhmed Yassavi. . The face value is placed in the bottom left, in the middle and the right part. The name of the issuing bank, in the Kazakh language is in the middle of the upper half of the note. At the bottom in the middle of the banknotes, there is an inscription in Russian stating that counterfeiting banknotes is against the law.

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko and Ömer Yalcinkaya.

Kyrgyzstan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyzstan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$4.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 9-page catalog covers every note (47 types and varieties, including 11 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Kyrgyz Republic in 1993 and the Kyrgyzstan Bank from 1993 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Kazakhstan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Kazakhstan

The Kazakhstan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 11-page catalog covers every note (69 types and varieties, including 18 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the National Bank of Kazakhstan from 1993 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Russia new 1,000-ruble note confirmed


On 10 August 2010, Bank of Russia issued a new 1,000-ruble (US$33.20) note with improved security features, including a translucent band, OVI bank logo, SPARK patch with bear on shield, rainbow moire pattern, electrotype 1000 watermark, solid security thread with demetalized 1000, microperf, intaglio printing, microprinting, and a slightly darker and refined picture of Yaroslavl kremlin chapel, and Yaroslav I the Wise, as well as a number of changes to shading lines and margins. The new note is aimed at fighting counterfeiters. Older notes of the same denomination issued in 1997 and 2004 (Pick 277) will be removed from circulation as they wear out, but remain legal tender.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Kazakhstan new 2,000-tenge commemorative confirmed


On 17 January 2011, the National Bank of Kazakhstan issued a new 2,000-tenge (US$13.60) banknote to mark the 2011 Asian Winter Games hosted by Kazakhstan. The banknote bears the emblem of the 7th Asian Winter Games that are scheduled to be held in Astana and Almaty from 30 January to 6 February.

2,000-tenge (US$13.60)
Green and blue. Front (vertical): Snowflakes; Astana-Baiterek monument; sheet music; national emblem; palm; flag. Back: Mountain; ski jumper; globe emblem of the 7th Asian Winter Games. Solid security thread. Windowed security thread with demetalized 2000 and text along scrolling line. Watermark: Snow leopard with electrotype 2000. Printer: (TDLR and BFoNBK). 139 x 73 mm. 2011. Signature 5. Intro: 17.01.2011.

Courtesy of Omer Yalcinkaya, Thomas Krause, Claudio Marana, Vadim Tislenko, and Nazir Rahemtulla.

Tajikistan new 3-, 200-, and 500-somoni notes confirmed


3 somoni (US$0.70)
Violet. Front: Coat of arms; open book with pen; Shirinsho Shotemur, hero statesman. Back: Majlisi Oli (parliament) building in Dushanbe; flag. Windowed security thread with demetalized БМТ. Watermark: Shirinsho Shotemur. Printer: Unknown. 141 x 65 mm. 2010. Signature 3. Intro: 10.09.2010.


200 somoni (US$45.65)
Brown and yellow. Front: Coat of arms; building with red flag; Nusratullo Makhsum, hero statesman. Back: National Library building in Dushanbe; ink well, quill, and candlestick; flag. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized БМТ. Watermark: Nusratullo Makhsum. Printer: Unknown. 159 x 68 mm. 2010. Signature 3. Intro: 10.09.2010.


500 somoni (US$114)
Purple and gray. Front: Coat of arms; Abuabdullo Rudaki, founder of Tajik classic literature. Back: Palace of Nations in Dushanbe; flag. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized БМТ. Watermark: Abuabdullo Rudaki. Printer: Unknown. 162 x 71 mm. 2010. Signature 3. Intro: 10.09.2010.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson, Claudio Marana, Vitali Khaletski, and Alexander Petrov.

Russia to issue new 5,000-ruble note in 2011 with new ruble symbol

According to an article on AdIndex.ru dated 01.11.2010, Russia’s central bank hopes to finalize a new symbol for its currency, the ruble, and introduce a revised 5,000-ruble (US$164) note in 2011.

Reviving regional currencies in Russia

Paul Goble, a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia, has posted an interesting article on his Window on Eurasia blog, Primorsky Kray Deputies Suggest Reviving a Regional Currency, in which he discusses the possibility of Russian regions issuing their own local currencies, and covers historical examples of such issuances following the fall of the Soviet Union.

Courtesy of Valts Mikelsons.

Book review: Apples Are From Kazakhstan


Apples Are From Kazakhstan:: The Land that Disappeared by Christopher Robbins (Order from Amazon.com)

This 296-page paperback book is a fascinating look at a country most Westerners barely know. The English author Robbins does a wonderful job of weaving his personal experiences in this former Soviet republic with rich historical background, from ancient times to repression under Russian rule in the last century. Of particular interest to banknote collectors is the chapter in which Robbins recounts the secret—and ultimately successful—plan to introduce tenge banknotes in 1993 to avoid being at the mercy of Moscow when it replaced the Soviet ruble with the new Russian ruble.

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Tajikistan new variety 1-somoni note confirmed



1 somoni (US$0.20), 1999.
On earlier notes the globe at center front is green and orange (P14a, left), but on later notes, the globe is all green (right).

Courtesy of Alexander Petrov.

Kazakhstan new 1,000-tenge commemorative confirmed



The National Bank of Kazakhstan issued a new 1,000-tenge note on 5 January 2010 to commemorate Kazakhstan’s chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 2010.

A total of 10 million notes will be issued at face value (US$6.75). The note dated 2010 is the same size (134 x 70 mm) as the current note of the same denomination, though the color is now turquoise-green, and the designs are as follows:


Obverse: State Emblem of the Republic of Kazakhstan in left upper corner, decorative image of flying birds in national style, face value in Kazakh language in the center, motives of Kazakh national patterns along the banknote, holographic image of Baiterek monument , color-changing logo of National Bank of Kazakhstan on the right part

Reverse: State Flag of the Republic in the left lower corner, Akorda palace of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the center with face value in Russian language, image of a bird and year of issue 2010, numerical indication of face value in the left lower part, motives of Kazakh national patterns along the banknote.

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko.


Uzbekistan unissued 25-som note dated 1994 confirmed

The following 25-som note from Uzbekistan is dated 1994 and depicts the Kazi-Zadé Rumi mausoleum in the Shakhi-Zinda necropolis in Samarkand, which also appears on the issued note of the same denomination (Pick 77). However, the note with the specimen serial number of AB1234567 is printed on smaller (120 x 62 mm versus 144 x 68 mm) paper than the issued note. The paper has the same star pattern watermark and solid security thread as the 1- and 3-som notes (Pick 73 and 74).

This appears to be an unissued design, but anyone with additional information is encouraged to share. I’m especially interested to learn if there are other unadopted designs for this series of notes.





Courtesy of Peter Kelly.

Kyrgyzstan issues new notes on 1 July 2009

New 20-, 50-, and 100-som banknotes were introduced by the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic on 1 July 2009.

According to the assistant president of the Kyrgyz National Bank, Zair Chokoev, “We retained the style of our banknotes but tried to make them more convenient. Notes of the third series were too large and inconvenient to use. And we decided to reduce their size,” Zair Chokoev said. The new fourth series will slowly replace the notes of the third series.


B123 (PNL): 20 som (US$0.45)
Red. Front: Writer, poet, and educator Togolok Moldo. Back: Tash-Rabat. Windowed security thread with demetalized 20 COM. Watermark: Togolok Moldo. Printer: (OT). 120 x 58 mm. 2009. Signature 4. Intro: 01.07.2009.


B124 (PNL): 50 som (US$1.15)
Orange. Front: Czarina Kurmanjan datka (Alai Tsaritsa). Back: 11th-century Uzgen architectural complex with minaret and mausoleum. Windowed security thread with demetalized 50 COM. Watermark: Kurmanjan datka. Printer: (OT). 126 x 61 mm. 2009. Signature 4. Intro: 01.07.2009.


B125 (PNL): 100 som (US$2.30)
Blue. Front: Toktogul Satylganov. Back: Toktogul hydroelectric power station. Windowed security thread with demetalized 100 COM. Watermark: Toktogul Satylganov with electrotype 100. Printer: (OT). 132 x 63 mm. 2009. Signature 4. Intro: 01.07.2009.

Courtesy of Vadim Tislenko.

Kyrgyzstan new 5,000-som note confirmed


The National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic introduced a 5,000-som note (US$122) on 2 March 2009. The front of the note features a portrait of actor, writer, and sportsman Suimenkul Chokmorov. On the back is Ala-Too, one of the oldest cinemas of the capital city of Bishkek. Previously the largest denomination was the 1,000-som note issued in 2000.

Courtesy of Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle and Peter Kelly.

Russian banknote reportedly depicts death camp

According to a Mosnews.com article dated May 22, 2009, “elderly residents of the city of Archangelsk, North Russia, have asked the Minister of Finance, Alexei Kudrin, to change the image on the 500-ruble banknote (Pick 271, shown below), which they claim is a picture of a Soviet death camp. The note carries an image of the Solovetsky Monastery, a UNESCO world heritage site. However, in the Soviet era between 1926 and 1938 the crosses were removed from the buildings and the site was used as a special prison and a gulag prototype.”

“We all understand that they just wanted to depict one of the most beautiful sights of our city, the famous Solovetsky Monastery, but they have accidentally depicted the Solovetsky death camp,” 72-year-old Arkhangelsk resident Vasily Fedotov said.



“If you look at the [back of the] banknote closely you will notice that the holy crosses, which usually top Orthodox churches, are only seen on one golden dome in the picture. This means that the artist has painted the death camp. Our banknote is the only note in the world with a picture of a World War II concentration camp. Our feelings are hurt. We feel pain for veterans and for the people who died in these damned death camps. I hope that Alexei Kudrin will hear our prayers and change the picture,” he added.

Turkmenistan new notes dated 2009 confirmed

On January 1, 2009, the Central Bank of Turkmenistan issued a new series of notes printed by Thomas De La Rue, which has printed Turkmenistan currency since independence in 1991. The new notes bear images of prominent figures of the Turkmen nation and architectural compositions of Ashgabat. The government revalued its currency in conjunction with the introduction of the new notes. Prior to the revaluation, the official exchange rate was 5,000 manats to the US dollar, with the black market rate almost five times that. The new manat is equal to 50 of the “old” manat.


TMB B15 (P22): 1 manat (US$0.35)
Green. Front: Map of Turkmenistan; coat of arms; Togrul Beg Türkmen. Back: Beyik Saparmyrat Türkmenbasynyň Milli Medeniyet Merkezi (National Cultural Centre of Turkmenistan) buildings; five stars and crescent moon. Solid security thread and solid security thread with demetalized 1TMB. Watermark: Togrul Beg Türkmen; electrotype five stars, crescent moon, and 1; Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 120 x 60 mm.
a. 2009. Signature 4. Intro: 01.01.2009.


TMB B16 (P23): 5 manat (US$1.75)
Tan. Front: Map of Turkmenistan; coat of arms; Soltan Sansar Türkmen. Back: Buildings; Garassyzlyk Binasy and Bitaraplyk Binasy (Independence Monument and Neutrality Arch in Ashgabat); five stars and crescent moon. Solid security thread and solid security thread with demetalized 5TMB. Watermark: Soltan Sansar Türkmen; electrotype five stars, crescent moon, and 5; Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 126 x 63 mm.
a. 2009. Signature 4. Intro: 01.01.2009.


TMB B17 (P24): 10 manat (US$3.50)
Red. Front: Map of Turkmenistan; coat of arms; Magtymguly Pyragy. Back: Türkmenistanyň Merkezi Banky (Turkmenistan central bank) headquarters building; five stars and crescent moon. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 10 MANAT. Watermark: Magtymguly Pyragy; electrotype five stars, crescent moon, and 10; Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 132 x 66 mm.
a. 2009. Signature 4. Intro: 01.01.2009.


TMB B18 (P25): 20 manat (US$7)
Purple. Front: Map of Turkmenistan; coat of arms; Görogly Beg Türkmen. Back: Ruhyyet Köşgi (Ruhyyet Palace) building; five stars and crescent moon. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 20 MANAT. Watermark: Görogly Beg Türkmen; electrotype five stars, crescent moon, and 20; Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 138 x 69 mm.
a. 2009. Signature 4. Intro: 01.01.2009.


TMB B19 (P26): 50 manat (US$18)
Green. Front: Holographic patch; map of Turkmenistan; coat of arms; Gorkut Ata Türkmen. Back: Türkmenistanyň Mejlisi (Turkmenistan National Assembly in Ashkhabat) building; five stars and crescent moon. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 50 MANAT. Watermark: Gorkut Ata Türkmen; electrotype five stars, crescent moon, and 50; Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 144 x 72 mm.
a. 2009. Signature 4. Intro: 01.01.2009.


TMB B20 (P27): 100 manat (US$35)
Blue. Front: Holographic patch; map of Turkmenistan; coat of arms; Oguz Han Türkmen. Back: Prezident Köşgi (Palace of Turkmenbashi in Ashgabat) building; five stars and crescent moon. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 100 MANAT. Watermark: Oguz Han Türkmen; electrotype five stars, crescent moon, and 100; Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 150 x 75 mm.
a. 2009. Signature 4. Intro: 01.01.2009.


TMB B21 (P28): 500 manat (US$175)
Orange. Front: Holographic patch; map of Turkmenistan; coat of arms; President Saparmurat Niyazov. Back: Kipchak mosque in Ashgabat; five stars and crescent moon. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 500 MANAT. Watermark: President Saparmurat Niyazov; electrotype five stars, crescent moon, and 500; Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 156 x 78 mm.
s. 2009. Signature 4. Unissued. A specimen was prepared, but this denomination never went into production.

Courtesy of Dmitriy Litvak.

Kazakhstan issues commemorative 5,000-tenge note


5,000 tenge (US$41.30), 2008. Introduced 2008 to commemorate 15 years of tenge. Red and brown on m/c underprint. Front: Astana-Baiterek monument; sheet music; national emblem; palm; flag; green-to-blue Spark flying eagle; jubilee inscription at edges. Back: Independence Monument and Kazakhstan hotel in Almaty; mountains. Watermark, windowed security thread, registration device, intaglio printing, OVI, microprinting, fluorescent serial numbers, iridescent ink, latent image of denomination, and pink fibers that fluoresce red under UV light. Printer: De La Rue (w/o imprint). 144 x 76 mm.

Also available as a specimen with all-zero serial numbers, red diagonal SPECIMEN overprint, numbered in the lower right-hand front corner.