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 100 Georgian lari note front design features the fragment of the fresco from the Gelati Monastery (a medieval monastic complex near Kutaisi in the Imereti region of western Georgia) of David IV, also known as David the Builder (1073-1125), who was the fifth king of United Georgia from 1089 until he died in 1125 and was part of the Bagrationi dynasty; the King is holding a church on his left hand and a parchment in his right hand. The Borjgali follows the portrait (a Georgian symbol of the Sun and eternity.
The reverse of the note presents the Asomtavruli (monumental) inscription on the Sioni church at Bolnissi, which is one of the oldest extant samples of the Georgian alphabet. The “Bolnisi cross” appears in the center of the inscription. The lettering is presented in the Georgian and English languages. This note is part of the 1995 series, and its color is deep purple on a multicolor underprint.