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 5 hryvni note front design features the portrait of Zynoviy Bohdan Khmelnytsky (c. 1595 – 1657), was a Ukrainian Hetman who is remembered as a public figure and a military leader who established the State of Ukraine by uniting the territories of the left bank and the right bank of the country. The portrait is followed by the Bohdan Khmelnytsky Coat of Arms and the National Coat of Arms.
The reverse of the note illustrates the Illyinska (St. Elias) Church located in Subotiv village, which was built as a Khmelnitsky family burial-vault. B. Khmelnitsky and his son Tymosh are buried there, followed by an ornamental design containing an arrow bow, a bag of arrows, a carbine, two swords, a mallet and a set of spears. 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 2004 – 2015 series, and its color is blue on a multicolor underprint.
Text: НАЦІОНАЛЬНИЙ БАНК УКРАЇНИ ГОЛОВА, 5, Богдан Хмельницький Гетьман, БОГДАН ХМЕЛЬНИЦЬКИЙ, 5 П’ЯТЬ ГРИВЕНЬ,ЦЕРКВА В СЕЛІ СУБОТОВІ, 2005,5