The lari is the official currency of Georgia. The name lari is derived from an old Georgian word referring to hoard or property, while tetri means “white”. The official currency symbol: ₾. Initially, Georgia used a currency known as kuponi, which replaced the Russian ruble and consisted only of banknotes. Then in 1995, the government replaced the kuponi with the lira and introduced notes in denomination of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 lari.
The 1 Georgian lari note front design features the portrait of Niko Pirosmani (1862 – 1918), was a Georgian painter whose works had not been recognized in life. However, his work in rustic and everyday scenes is recognised today, representing the Georgia of Pirosmani life. As a result, Pirosmani has become one of the most beloved artistic figures in the country. The portrait is presented between two designs of carved branches of grapes in wood, followed by the Borjgali (a Georgian symbol of the Sun and eternity).
The reverse of the note illustrates a view of Tbilisi (Capital city) and an image of a stag from Pirosmani’s painting. The lettering of the note is presented in the Georgian language. This note is part of the 1995 series, and its color is dull purple on a multicolor underprint.