Uzbekistan 200 Som Banknote, Year 1997 – Face and Back
The image of is the sun with a face rising over the back of a liger, a lion-tiger. It is found in a mosaic on Sher-Dor Madrasah portal at Registan Square in Samarkand. The mosaic is somewhat remarkable in the images of humans and animals are generally prohibited from Islamic art.
Sher-Dor Madrasah, translated, means Madrassah with Lions.
Registan Square is framed by three great Madrassahs of distinctive Islamic architecture, The Sher-Dor, featured on this banknote, the Ulugh Beg, the oldest of the three, and the Tilya Kori, the youngest of the three.
The State Seal of Uzbekistan is featured on the front of the 200 som banknote.
The sun is rising over a valley. Bolls of cotton on the left and sheaves of wheat on the right surround the legendary bird of happiness, spreading its wings. The crescent moon with star are symbols of Muslim blessing. The surrounding eight pointed star symbolizes unity. Beneath the name Uzbekistan is on the tri-colored flag.