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National currency

 Som is the national currency of Kyrgyzstan. 

1 som=100 tyiyn.


Own currency was introduced in Kyrgyzstan in a difficult time for the Republic: lack of consistency in monetary policy between the CIS countries, the forced use of a common monetary unit — the ruble. The government of Kyrgyzstan, seeing the hopelessness of the ruble, conducts a monetary reform in 1993, which resulted in may 10 introduced the national currency of Kyrgyzstan-som (translated from the Turkic — "ruble").

The exchange of roubles for catfishes was conducted at a ratio of 200:1. The first series of banknotes were issued in denominations of 1, 5, 20 catfish and 1, 10, 50 tyiyns. Banknotes of 50, 100, 200 som appeared a year later, and after the third issue 500 and 1000 som were introduced into circulation. On the obverse of all banknotes portrayed portraits of famous personalities-poets, actors, musicians, and on the reverse adorned the monuments of culture and landscapes of Kyrgyzstan. Pink and blue colors prevailed in the design of banknotes.

In 2009, there was a banknote of 5 000 som, which was depicted actor Suymenkul Chokmorov.

The first coins of 10 and 50 tyiyns, and 1, 3, 5 kgs minted by the Kazakhstan mint and came into circulation in 2008

The coin in 1 som is not used, as it was issued only for a set. Also rare coins of 10 and 50 tyiyns.


                   1 tyiyn                                                   10 tyiyns


                  50 tyiyns                                                       1 som


                     3 som                                                         5 som


                    10 som  


Banknotes I and II series are not used now, also withdrawn from circulation 1, 5 and 10 som III series issue. The updated banknotes are dated 2009 and 2010.


                   20 som                    50 som

                 100 som                   200 som

                   500 som                   1000 som



                5000 som