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 5 Georgian lari note front design features the portrait of Ivane Javakhishvili (1876 –1940), who was a Georgian historian, linguist and one of the founding fathers of Tbilisi State University (1918) and its rector from 1919 to 1926. The portrait is followed by a stylized design of grape branches and the Borjgali (a Georgian symbol of the Sun and eternity).
The reverse of the note presents a golden statue of a lion from the 3rd century B.C. founded in Alazani Valley, a croquis of the country’s map, indicating the location of Tbilisi (Capital city), and the illustration of the Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University building over an open book and a plant ornament underneath. The lettering is presented in the Georgian and English languages. This note is part of the 1995 series, and its color is brown on a multicolor underprint.