The Armenian dram is the official currency of Armenia and the first currency date from 1199 to 1375. The official currency symbol: ֏. The word dram means “money” in the English language; the word is related to the Greek drachma and the Arabic dirham, and the English unit of weight dram. After Armenia was proclaimed as an independent republic in 1991, the Central Bank of Armenia was established as an official issuing entity in 1993; the first banknote series was introduced in denominations of 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 5000 dram. A second series was introduced between 1998 and 2017. However, a year later (2018), a third series was issued in denominations of 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000.
The 10000 Armenian dram note front design features Soghomon Soghomonian (1869-1935), commonly known as Komitas, who was an Armenian priest, musicologist, and founder of the Armenian national music school, surrounded by sheet music that alludes to their compositions, in the background, a view of Vagharshapat with a stylized harp. The design is completed with a holographic sketch of a harp and a second design with no holographic feature. The reverse of the note presents an illustration of the Gevorkian Seminary located in Vagharshapat and a statue of Komitas. The lettering is presented in the Armenian language. This note is part of the 2018 series, and its color is grey and purple.
Text: Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia, Ten Thousand Dram, Bank President, Minister of Finance, 10000, 2018.