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 5000 Armenian dram note front design features William Saroyan (1908 – 1981), was an Armenian-American novelist, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940, and Academy Award for Best Story for the film The Human Comedy in 1943, surrounded by writings that allude to their scripts, in the background mountains with a stylized granada tree. The design is completed with a holographic sketch of a granada and a second design with no holographic feature. The reverse of the note presents an illustration of Yerevan and a statue of Saroyan. The lettering is presented in the Armenian language. This note is part of the 2018 series, and its color is red, tan and multicolor.
Text: Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia, Five Thousand Dram, Bank President, Minister of Finance, 5000, 2018.