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, on a background with the 12th–13th-century Vardzia cave monastery complex and a bas-relief from the 13th century Pitareti Virgin Mary Monastery. The design is completed by a hologram with the queen portrait, a sketch of a flower, and a sketch of the country’s map.
The reverse of the note presents the Miniature of the zodiac sign Sagittarius on a background with a 12th-century manuscript and interlocking geometric figures. 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 2016 – 2020 series, and its color is green, violet and multicolor.
Text: National Bank of Georgia, President of The National Bank, Queen Tamar XII c., 50, Fifty Lira, 2016.