Uzbekistan new 100,000-som note (B216a) confirmed introduced 25.02.2019

According to a press release dated 16 February 2019, Uzbekistan plans to introduce a 100,000-som note (B216a) on 25 February 2019.


Courtesy of Albert Vokhmin.

Uzbekistan denies rumors of 100,000-som denomination

According to an article in Azernews dated 25 September 2018, the Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan has denied rumors that it intends to issue a 100,000-som banknote. At present the largest denomination in circulation is the 50,000-som note (B215) introduced in 2017.

Uzbekistan new 50,000-som note (B215a) confirmed

According to a press release dated 14 August 2017, the Central Bank of Uzbekistan Republic intended to introduce a new 50,000-som note (B215a) on 22 August 2017.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson, Daniel Silva, and Bogdans Youscenko.

Uzbekistan new 10,000-som note (B214) confirmed

According to a press release dated 3 March 2017, on 10 March 2017 the Central Bank of Uzbekistan Republic introduced a new 10,000-som note (B214), double the value of the previous largest denomination in the country, yet still worth only US$2.95 at present exchange rates.


Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online) and Vadim Tislenko.

Uzbekistan new 10,000-som note reported

According to press reports, the Central Bank of Uzbekistan plans to introduce a new 10,000-som note, although when remains a mystery. The back of the reported note features the statue of Amir Temur in Shahrisabz.

Currently the largest denomination is the 5,000-som note (B213) introduced in 2013, and worth only US$1.50.

Courtesy of Tom Chao.

Press release: The Banknote Register 2nd edition

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The Banknote Register: CIS and Baltic Countries
1991-2016, General Issues
Second edition (English)

Author: Dmitry Zagorenko (IBNS #11608, General Secretary of the Russian Chapter of IBNS).
Editor: Dmitry Litvak (IBNS LM #204, President of the Russian Chapter of IBNS).
Format: A4. Weight: 1,5 Kg.
Hard cover with pressed gilding and book jacket band.
344 full-color pages (paper 115 g/m2).
16 Chapters (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Moldova, Transnistria, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Estonia).
Edition: 1000 pieces.

The Banknote Register provides the most detailed information on all emissions of paper money in post-Soviet countries from 1991 to present. It describes the history of money circulation establishment and development in the new sovereign states. The book gives detailed information on each banknote, variations and types, commemorative and souvenir issues, security features, designers, signatories, serial prefixes, images portrayed on the notes. It will be no exaggeration to say that the author with the help of collectors and staff of national banks has compiled the best known up to now data, many of which will be published for the first time, and also data unknown to many collectors. This work has resulted in compilation and classification of the most complete information on currency circulation in the post-Soviet countries.

The publication of the Register will, for sure, reduce the number of blank spaces in the history of circulation in CIS and Baltic states. Nevertheless, the author continues searching for materials and communicating with paper money collectors, museum workers, designers and bank specialists and laymen. We hope that the Register of Banknotes of CIS and Baltic Countries will encourage you as well to study actively the currency circulation in the post-Soviet countries.

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Uzbekistan new 5,000-som note (B213a) confirmed

The Central Bank of Uzbekistan has issued a 5,000-som banknote on 1 July 2013, surpassing the 1,000-som note (B212) introduced in 2001 as the largest denomination.

Since 1940, the Uzbek language has been written in Cyrillic script, but following the break-up of the Soviet Union, Latin script has been officially re-introduced. This is the first note on which Latin script is used.

B213 (PNL): 5,000 so’m (US$2.35)
Green, blue, and brown. Front: Uzbek text; coat of arms. Back: Uzbek text; Oliy Majlis parliament building with flag in Tashkent. Windowed security thread with demetalized UZB. Watermark: Coat of arms and eletrotype 5000. Printer: (Uzbekistan). 144 x 77 mm.
a. 2013. Prefix AA - UZ. Intro: 01.07.2013.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana, Dennis Zammit, and

Uzbekistan denies reports of new 5,000-som banknote

According to an article on Azernews dated 24 June 2013, the press service of the Central Bank of Uzbekistan has denied reports of an introduction of a new 5,000-som banknote. At present, the highest denomination remains the 1,000-som note (B212) introduced in 2001, with a face value of approximately US$0.55.

Uzbekistan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

The Uzbekistan chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale and as a free download to subscribers.

This 10-page catalog covers notes issued by the Bank of Uzbekistan in 1992, and the Central Bank of Uzbekistan Republic from 1994 to present. Revised 25.09.2018.

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  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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Uzbekistan unissued 25-som note dated 1994 confirmed

The following 25-som note from Uzbekistan is dated 1994 and depicts the Kazi-Zadé Rumi mausoleum in the Shakhi-Zinda necropolis in Samarkand, which also appears on the issued note of the same denomination (B207). However, the note with the specimen serial number of AB1234567 is printed on smaller (120 x 62 mm versus 144 x 68 mm) paper than the issued note. The paper has the same star pattern watermark and solid security thread as the 1- and 3-som notes (B203, B204).

This appears to be an unissued design, but anyone with additional information is encouraged to share. I’m especially interested to learn if there are other unadopted designs for this series of notes.

Courtesy of Peter Kelly.