Asia, Central Asia, Tajikistan

Tajikistan – 1994

The Coat of arms is featured on the front of this banknote of Tajikistan, and enlarged below.

Majlisi Olii, the Tajik Parliament, is featured on the back of this banknote, with the National Flag of Tajikistan.

Tajikistan 1994

 

Tajikistan 1994

 

Detail from banknote of Tajikistan 1994
Tajikistan Coat of Arms (image from Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under Soviet rule, this was the Coat of Arms of Tajikistan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asia, Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan – 1993

1993 was a year of new beginnings for the great people of Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan, 1 tyiyn
Kyrgyzstan, 1 tyiyn

 

 

 

 

 

Kyrgyzstan, 10 tyiyn
Kyrgyzstan, 10 tyiyn

 

 

 

 

 

Kyrgyzstan, 50 tyiyn
Kyrgyzstan, 50 tyiyn

 

 

 

 

 

 

The banknotes here were issued May 10, 1993 by the National Bank of Kyrgyzstan.   The values are “t y i y n”, one hundred of which constitute a single “s o m”.  The som is the basic monetary unit of currency in Kyrgyzstan, divisible into 100 tiyins, just as the American dollar is divisible into 100 cents.

The word som means pure, and implies pure gold.  Apparently the meaning of tyiyn is squirrel skin which at one time was used as currency.  Coins for circulation were not introduced in Kyrgyzstan until January 2008.  Only Belarus, of the former Soviet states, delayed the introduction of coinage later.

These banknotes were issued May 10, 1993.  May 5 1993, the first post-Soviet era constitution of Kyrgyzstan was ratified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asia, Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan – Manas, the Magnificent

At 500,000 lines, Manas is twenty times longer than Homer’s combined Iliad and Odyssey.  The longest epic poem in the world, Manas chronicles the great heritage of the Kyrgyz people.

Manas is depicted on the front of this banknote.

Statues are found throughout Kyrgyzstan.

 

The epic, in 3 books, recalls the heroic exploits of Manas, his son Semetei, and his grandson Seitec..

 

On the reverse of this banknote is the burial place of Manas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asia, Central Asia, Tajikistan

Tajikistan – The Poet

 

1 somoni banknote of Tajikistan, featuring prominent poet Mirzo Tursunzoda

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.