The former republics of the Soviet Union are continuing to be a boon
to collectors, with three of them announcing new, or updated bank
notes in the last two months alone.
Uzbekistan issued a new 2017-dated 50,000-som note (the equivalent
of about $12 at official exchange rates and $6.17 on the black market)
on Aug. 22. The note is purple in color and measures 144 by 78
millimeters. The face shows the top of the “Ezgulik” ark in
Independence Square, with three birds in flight. The back has the
Palace of Conventions in Tashkent. The country’s previous highest face
value bank note had a denomination of 10,000 soms.
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On Sept. 1, Georgia released a more modern version of its 5-lari
note (equal to about $2.04).
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The note retains its old themes. The face is dedicated to the
historian and linguist Ivane Javakhishvili and the building named
after him at Tbilisi State University. The reverse is devoted to the
paintings of Niko Pirosmani — A Fisherman in a Red Shirt and
Threshing. The new note has upgraded security features and improved relief.
The Central Bank of Armenia announced a public tender for the
designs of an entirely new, third series of notes of purple 1,000- ,
brown 2,000- , red 5,000- , gray 10,000- , green 20,000- , and gold
50,000-dram notes. The nine-page document is available at www.cba.am
under “tenders.” It specifies requirements, including whose portraits
must appear on each denomination. That includes the American Pulitzer
Prize and Oscar winner William Saroyan on the 5,000-dram note. He was
born and died in Fresno, California, but his parents were Armenian.
The William Saroyan Foundation says he is “a hero to the Armenian
people, in Armenia and the global Armenian diaspora.”