Mirzo Tursunzoda, National Poet of Tajikistan. He won the Lennin prize for his 1956 poem, “The Voice of Asia.”
A representation of the Earth with the location of Tajikistan is illustrated in the center of this 1999 banknote. Beneath is a silhouette of the map of Tajikistan.
Postscript: Would you believe I wracked the internet looking for poetry by Mirzo Tursunzoda, and found nothing? But then I found a 1st edition book of poems, which I, of course, immediately obtained. This makes it my privilege to, perhaps, introduce some readers to the Poet of Takjikistan!
I will reproduce excerpts below.
Tajikistan is the only Persian speaking state from the former Soviet Union.
The National Bank of Tajikistan is featured on the reverse of this banknote.
Detail of the National bank of Tajikistan
A fuller biographical sketch of the beloved poet can be found here.