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, on a background of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University building. The design is completed by a hologram with Javakhishvili portrait, a sketch of a flower, a golden statue of a lion from the 3rd century B.C. founded in Alazani Valley and a sketch of the country’s map.
The reverse of the note presents paintings of Niko Pirosmani, “Fisherman”, and “Threshing” in the background. On the upper right corner is presented the National Coat of Arms. The lettering is presented in the Georgian and English language. This note is part of the 2017 series, and its color is brown and yellow.
Text: National Bank of Georgia, President of The National Bank, Ivane Javakhishvili 1876 – 1940, 2017, 5, Five Lira, 2017.