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 2 Georgian lari note front design features the portrait of Zacharia Petres dze Paliashvili, also known as Zachary Petrovich Paliashvili (1871 – 1933), was a Georgian composer who is regarded as one of the founders of Georgian classical music. Petrovich was the founder of the Georgian Philharmonic Society and, few later, the head of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire. The Georgian National Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi was named in his honor. The portrait is followed by his opera Abesalom da Eter’s overture notes and the Borjgali (a Georgian symbol of the Sun and eternity).
The reverse of the note illustrates an 1800s view of the Tbilisi Zacharia Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre, located in Tbilisi (Capital city). The lettering of the note is presented in the Georgian language. This note is part of the 1995 series, and its color is deep olive-green on a multicolor underprint.