The tenge is the official currency of Kazakhstan since 1993, when it replaced the Soviet ruble. The word tenge means “set of scales” in Kazakh and other Turkic languages. The official currency symbol: ₸. In 1993, the National Bank of Kazakhstan introduced notes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 tiyn, and 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 tenge, followed by 200, 500, and 1000 tenge in 1994, 2000 tenge in 1996, 5000 tenge in 1999 and 10,000 tenge in 2003. In 2006, a second series was introduced in the same denominations. Between 2011 and 2014, the National Bank of Kazakhstan issued a third new series, including the 20,000 tenge note in 2015. New notes were introduced with better security measures in 2008.
The 20000 Kazakhstan tenge commemorative note front design features the Kazakh Eli Monument and Mangilik yel triumphal arch located in Nur-Sultan (Capital city), the flag of Kazakhstan, the National Coat of Arms, doves of peace in flight, and a stamp with a Tulpar (winged horse in Turkic mythology) of the Scythian art (art associated with the nomadic tribes of the Scythia area, which encompassed Central Asia, parts of Eastern Europe and parts of South Asia) from the 8th to 7th centuries BC., and the denomination. The reverse of the note presents the sketch of the map of Kazakhstan containing inside the Residence Ak Orda (Palace of the President) and Government buildings in Nur-Sultan (Capital city) and the denomination. This note is part of the 2013 commemorative series “20th Anniversary of Tenge Currency”, and its color is blue, grey, and violet.
Text: National Bank of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Republic 25 Years, Counterfeiting banknotes is punished by law, Nursultan Nazarbayev The First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Twenty Thousand Tenge Kazakhstan 20000 Tenge, 2013.