The Belarusian ruble is the official currency of Belarus. The introduction started during the Soviet Union dissolution and the Republic of Belarus independence in 1991. The following year the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus introduced notes that replaced the Russian banknotes circulating in the country. However, only until the royal union of the monetary systems of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation, the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus established the Belarusian ruble as the Republic of Belarus’ only legal tender in 1994. In 2000, the Belarusian government redenominated the currency and removed three zeros. Consequently, a new ruble was introduced to circulate at par with the old one in 2016; nowadays are circulating notes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 rubles.
The 500 Belarusian ruble note front design illustrates the National Library of Belarus, the biggest library in the Republic located in Minsk (Capital city), followed by a window and tower sketches. The reverse of the note illustrates a depiction of literature; a quill pen and inkwell, book covers, fern tree leaves and a sketch of the common flax flower (National Flower). The lettering of the note is presented in the Belarusian language. This note is part of the 2016 series, and its color is blue and light lilac.
Text: 500, ПЯЦЬСОТ РУБЛЁЎ, 2009, НАЦЫЯНАЛЬНЫ БАНК РЭСПУБЛІКІ БЕЛАРУСЬ, Старшыня Праўлення.