On 17th November, Kyrgyz released the nation’s first-ever commemorative banknote with a face value of 2,000 soms. The note celebrates the 25th anniversary of the country’s independence and the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the national currency.
Images featured on the obverse include the monument to Manas, stylised ornaments representing the national hero who united the Kyrgyz tribes, the symbol “Umai Ene” which is the oldest deity and traditional nomadic houses called yurts.
Images featured on the reverse include a stylized tree, the 23,000-foot Khan-Tengri Peak, a flying golden eagle with the mountain lake Issyk-Kul in the background. Issyk-Kul is the second-largest saltwater lake in the world.
Security features include a colour hologram in which the number “25” changes to a national symbol upon tilting the note; a micro-optical band; a hidden image shows rainbow bands upon tilting; an iridescent strip features a bird; a 3D multitone watermark; and a pass-through register where overlapping images on the obverse and reverse form the figure “2000.”