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 50 Georgian lari note front design features the portrait of Tamar the Great (1160 – 1213), who was the Queen of Georgia from 1184 to 1213. The portrait is followed by the sculpture of a griffin bas-relief from Samtavisi Cathedral (XI c.) and the Borjgali (a Georgian symbol of the Sun and eternity.
The reverse of the note presents the Miniature of the zodiac sign Sagittarius of the 12th-century manuscript. The lettering is presented in the Georgian and English languages. This note is part of the 1995 series, and its color is dark brown and deep blue-green on a multicolor underprint.