The som is the official currency of Kyrgyzstan since 1993 when it replaced the Soviet ruble. The word som means “pure” in Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uyghur, Uzbek, and many other Turkic languages. The official currency symbol: С̲. The government issued the first notes in denominations of 1, 10, and 50 tyiyn notes, and the Kyrgyzstan Bank issued notes for 1, 5, and 20 som. After the first series notes emission, the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic took over the currency production and introduced four series from 1994 to 2016. This last series has notes in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, and 5000 som.
The 1000 Kyrgyzstani som note front design features the portrait of Jusup Balasağın (1019 – 1085), who was an 11th century Central Asian Turkic poet, statesman, vizier, Maturidi theologian, and philosopher from the city of Balasaghun (modern-day Kyrgyzstan) on a background with writing, a stylized door of the National Historical and Archaeological Museum Complex Sulayman, and a circular ornamental Kyrgyz seal with a sun inside, the figure features sunburst designs on its left half. The reverse of the note illustrates the National Historical and Archaeological Museum Complex Sulayman on a view of the Sulayman Mountain (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The lettering in the note is presented in the Kyrgyz language. This note is part of the 2010 – 2016 series, and its color is olive slate, brown, and multicolor underprint.
Text: Bank of Kyrgyzstan, One Thousand Som, 1000, Jusup Balasağın 1019 – 1085, 2016.