Uzbekistan new 5,000-som note confirmed

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.

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Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Dennis Zammit, and

Uzbekistan denies reports of new 5,000-sum 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-sum 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.

Uzbekistan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Uzbekistan cover

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At the time of initial publication, this 7-page catalog covers every note (53 types and varieties, including 17 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the ЎЗБЕКИСТОН ДАВЛАТ БАНКИ (Bank of Uzbekistan) in 1992, and the ЎЗБЕКИСТОН РЕСПУБЛИКАСИ МАРКАЗИЙ БАНКИ (Central Bank of Uzbekistan Republic) from 1994 until present day.

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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.