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 100000 Armenian dram note front design features the portrait of Abgar V (50 AD), known as Ukkāmā (the Black) and King of the Arabs, who was the King of Osroene, an ancient region of Upper Mesopotamia; a flag with the portrait of the King and an ancient coin of the Kingdom; on a background with an ancient map that includes Osroene as a kingdom of the Armenian Empire under Tigranes the Great. The reverse of the note illustrates the disciple Thaddaeus handing the Mandylion (canvas of Jesus Christ) to King Abgar 5th. The lettering is presented in the Armenian language. This note is part of the 2009 series, and its color is slate blue, brown and multicolor.
Text: Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia, One Hundred Thousand Dram, Bank President, Minister of Finance, Abgar V, 100000, 2009.