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Stages of the National Currency Development 

 

The monetary unit: Som=100 tyiyn 

The issuer: the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic 

Date of issue: May 10, 1993  

 

At present the national currency has the following denominations: 

The coins: 10 tyiyn, 50 tyiyn, 1 Som, 3 Som, 5 Som, 10 Som  

The banknotes: 10 tyiyn, 50 tyiyn, 1 Som, 5 Som, 10 Som, 20 Som, 50 Som, 100 Som, 200 Som, 500 Som, 1000 Som, 5000 Som 

 

Banknotes of 1993 year issue (First Issue) 

 

The first banknotes of 1, 5, 20 Som denominations and the banknotes of 1, 10, and 50 tyiyn denominations as a small coins were issued in the spring of 1993. 

 

Denomination 

Date of issue 

Size, mm 

Color 

tyiyn 

10.05.1993 

90 х 70 

red 

10 

10.05.1993 

90 х 70 

green 

50 

10.05.1993 

90 х 70 

blue 

Som 

10.05.1993 

140 х 70 

red 

10.05.1993 

140 х 70 

green 

20 

10.05.1993 

140 х 70 

blue 

 

 

Banknotes of 19941995 years issue (Second Issue) 

 

The second issue of the national currency was followed in 1994-1995 when the banknotes called “the banknotes of the stabilization period” were issued. These banknotes had a better counterfeit protection than the banknote of the first issue. 

The banknotes of 1993 year issue were gradually withdrawn from circulation and replaced by the banknotes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 Som denominations of 19941995 years issue. 

 

Denomination 

Date of issue 

Size, mm 

Color 

11.04.1994 

135 х 65 

brown-yellow 

11.04.1994 

135 х 65 

blue-yellow 

10 

28.01.1994 

135 х 65 

green-yellow 

20 

11.04.1994 

135 х 65 

ocherous 

50 

29.08.1994 

135 х 65 

reddish violet 

100 

20.03.1995 

135 х 65 

yellow-grey 

 

 

Banknotes of 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 years issue (Third Issue) 

 

The third issue of the national currency began in 1997. The banknotes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Som denominations were issued gradually. These banknotes have improved security features as compared with the previous issue. The banknotes of 200, 500, and 1000 Som high denomination were issued in 2000. 

 

Denomination 

Date of issue 

Size, mm 

Color 

07.02.2000 

120 х 60 

brown-green 

17.12.1997 

135 х 65 

blue 

10 

17.12.1997 

135 х 65 

green 

20 

15.08.2002 

135 х 65 

ocherous 

50 

15.08.2002 

145 х 70 

violet-pink  

100 

15.08.2002 

150 х 72 

green-violet 

200 

28.08.2000 

155 х 74 

yellow 

02.08.2004 

500 

28.08.2000 

160 х 76 

dark pink 

01.11.2005 

1000 

28.08.2000 

165 х 78 

grey-green 

 

 

Banknotes of 2009-2010 years issue (Fourth Issue) 

 

The fourth series of the national currency was opened by the banknote of 5000 Som denomination which was issued in 2009. Then the modified banknotes of 20, 50, 100 and 200, 500, 1000 Som denominations were issued.  

The banknotes of the fourth series have original design and improved security features. 

 

Denomination 

Date of issue 

Size, mm 

Color 

20  

01.07.2009 

120 х 58 

red 

50  

01.07.2009 

126 х 61 

orange 

100  

01.07.2009 

132 х 63 

blue 

200 

01.12.2010 

138 х 66 

yellow 

500 

01.12.2010 

144 х 68 

violet 

1000 

01.12.2010 

150 х 71 

grey  

5 000 

02.03.2009 

156 х 73 

green 

 

Coins of 2008, 2009 years issue 

 

The circulation coins of 10, 50 tyiyn, 1, 3, 5, 10 Som were issued in 2008-2009.  

 

Denomination 

10 tyiyn 

50 tyiyn 

1 Som 

3 Som 

5 Som 

10 Som 

Diameter,mm 

15 

17 

19 

21 

23 

24,5 

Weight, g 

1,3 

1,8 

2,5 

3,2 

4,2 

5,4 

Date of issue 

01.01.2008 

01.12.2009 

 

All banknotes and coins of the national currency are legal tender at the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic and they have to be accepted as legal currency regardless of the issued year.