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 2000 Kyrgyzstani som commemorative note front design features the Monument to Manas the Great located in Bishkek on a background stylized yurt (Symbol of Umay Ene, goddess of fertility). The reverse of the note illustrates a stylized design of a tree made up of geometric patterns, a seal made up of circular patterns in the shape of a golden eagle that flies over Issyk-Kul Lake on the north Tian Shan Mountain, against a background with a view of the Khan Tengri Mountain. The lettering in the note is presented in the Kyrgyz language. This note is part of the 2017 series “25th Anniversary of the Introduction of the Kyrgyz National Currency”. Its color is blue and multicolor underprint.
Text: Bank of Kyrgyzstan, Two Thousand Som, I trampled on the bird, I gathered the team and settled down! Kyrgyzstan 5000 Som, 25 years, Bank of Kyrgyzstan, 2017.