The Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan has just put into circulation two new banknotes of 2,000 sum type 2021 (Ref. Pick # 87 or TBB # B217) and 20,000 sum type 2021 (Ref. Pick # 88 or TBB # B218 ). The main theme of this series is "The Great Silk Road":
- The 2000 sum type 2021 presents on the front an illustration of the Ark Citadel, a fortress in the city of Bukhara located on the route of the large caravans. The reverse is illustrated by a clay pot, a female figurine artifact and a view of the Varahsha ruins of the Poykend settlement. In the 5th century, Poykend was one of the main trading centers along the Great Silk Road with Samarkand.
- The 20,000 sum type 2021 features an illustration of the Koi Krylgan Kala archaeological site, dated to the fourth century and located in the present-day Republic of Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic of Uzbekistan. On the back, a 6th century pottery from Aral and the Caspian Sea.
The two new denominations were immediately added to the catalog of banknotes issued by Uzbekistan, which now has 32 separate references with their variants.
Important note: although the reference "Pick" will probably disappear, we have decided to maintain this codification on new baknotes issued by world issuing institutes. Indeed, we consider that the mention "PNL" does not provide the flexibility sought by collectors in the rapid identification and classification of a note. And as we cannot resign ourselves to seeing this globally recognized reference disappear, we will therefore continue to number our description cards with the World Paper Money reference accompanied, as is already the case, by “TBB” (The Banknote Book) reference, local references, when they are known: Friedberg (USA), Rosenberg (Germany), Fayette-Dessal, Kolsky (France), etc. You will be able to choose the codification that best corresponds to your collection habits!