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 200 Kyrgyzstani som commemorative note front design features the portrait of Alykul Osmonov (1915 – 1950), who was a Kyrgyz poet on a background with writing and half a writing pen. The design is completed with an ornamental Kyrgyzstan stamp with a circular sketch that features sunburst designs on its left half and a writing pen. The reverse of the note illustrates a scene from Lake Issyk-Kul, featuring a verse from Osmonov’s poetry. The lettering in the note is presented in the Kyrgyz language. This note is part of the 2014 commemorative series “100th birthday of Alıqul Osmonov”. Its color is yellow and tan on a multicolor underprint.
Text: Bank of Kyrgyzstan, Two Hundred Som, 200, Alıqul Osmonov 100 years, Alykul Osmonov 1915 – 1950, Issyk-Kul is sometimes calm, sometimes waves. I share in the waves. No matter how many friends I expect in life, I did not expect a mysterious friend like you. 2014.