The hryvnia is the official currency of Ukraine. The official currency symbol: ₴ or грн. The hryvnia was introduced to replace the karbovanets after the issuance of the Presidential Decree on August 26, 1996, which was published on August 29. Both hryvnias and karbovanets were used throughout the transition era, but traders were only required to give change in hryvnias. All bank accounts were automatically converted to hryvnia. The karbovanets were taken out of circulation during the changeover era. The leftover karbovanets could be exchanged for hryvnias at banks after September 1996.
Currently, they are issued in denominations of ₴1, ₴2, ₴5, ₴10, ₴20, ₴50, ₴100, ₴200, ₴500 and ₴1000. The National Bank of Ukraine, which issued its first series of notes in 1996, is responsible for all current notes. Between 2004 and 2006, the current series of hryvnia banknotes went into circulation.
The 200 hryven note front design features the portrait of Lesya Ukrainka (1871 – 1913), was a Ukrainian writer who is outstanding for her poems and plays. She was also an active political, civil, and feminist activist and is regarded as one of the country’s most prominent writers. The portrait is shown against a background containing a sketch of the Literary and Memorial Homestead Museum of Lesia Ukrainka in the Kolodiazhne village and the National Coat of Arms.
The reverse of the note illustrates a view of the main entrance of the Lutsk Castle followed by a great white heron in flight. The design is completed with the logo of the National Bank of Ukraine. The lettering of the note is presented in the Ukrainian language. This note is part of the 2007 – 2014 series, and its color is purple and rose on a multicolor underprint.
Text: ДВІСТІ ГРИВЕНЬ УКРАЇНА, За правду, браття, єднаймось щиро, Єдиний маєм правий шлях… Леся Українка 1871-1913, НАЦІОНАЛЬНИЙ БАНК УКРАЇНИ , Голова 200, Двісті гривень, Київ 2007 В’їзна вежа Луцького замку 200 ГРИВЕНЬ 200.