The 33 banknotes issued between 1994 and 2018 by the Republic of Tajikistan are now available in the general catalog of world banknotes! This mountainous country in Central Asia, without access to the sea and whose capital is Dushanbe, is neighboring Kyrgyzstan to the north-north-east, China to the east, Afghanistan to the south-south-west and from Uzbekistan to the west. Following the fall of the former USSR, the country gained independence in 1991. It is, moreover, the only state to emerge from the former Soviet Central Asia.
A first series of 11 banknotes was put into circulation in 1994 by the National Bank of the Republic of Tajikistan (Bonki Millii Chumhurii Tochikiston). But the banknotes are still denominated in Tajik ruble (рубл). On October 31, 2000, the country began a profound monetary reform which gave rise to the creation of a new institute, the National Bank of Tajikistan (Bonki Millii Tochikiston). The new central bank is responsible for organizing the establishment of the country's official currency, the Somoni, named in honor of Ismail ibn Ahmad, the founder of the first Tajik state. The currency is divided into 100 diram for one somoni.
The first official issue in somoni begins first with 4 small values of 1, 5, 20 and 50 diram type 1999. Then follow 6 banknotes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 somoni type 1999 illustrated respectively with portraits of six great illustrious men of Tajikistan: Mirzo Tursunzoda, Sadriddin Ayni, Mir Said Ali Hamadoni, Abuali ibn Sino, Bobojon Gafurov and Ismaïl ibn Ahmad. All of these banknotes were put into circulation in the fall of 2000.
In 2010, the 1 somoni banknote was replaced by a 3 somoni type 2010 banknote bearing the effigy of Shirinsho Shotemur. Two large values of 200 and 500 somoni also made their appearance that same year with new security signs such as a vertical holographic stripe which is generalized on the 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 somoni type 1999 banknotes and put back into circulation in 2018.
Banknotes from Tajikistan are not uncommon ... so it will be very easy for you to build a complete collection of banknotes in perfect condition for a very reasonable budget!
Above: front of the 100 somoni type 1999 bearing the portrait of Ismail ibn Ahmad. Dimensions: 156 x 65 mm.