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 100 Georgian lari note front design features the rock-carved profile portrait of Shota Rustaveli (1160 – 1220), known as Rustaveli, who was a medieval Georgian poet author of The Knight in the Panther’s Skin, which is considered to be a Georgian national epic poem. The portrait is followed by the rock-carved composition of angels raising a cross, a stylized design of sun with glowing rays and the Borjgali (a Georgian symbol of the Sun and eternity.
The reverse of the note presents a 7th-century bas-relief of Daniel in the lion’s den of the Martvili Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The lettering is presented in the Georgian and English languages. This note is part of the 1995 series, and its color is dark brown, purple, and black on a multicolor underprint.