Tajikistan was once part of the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, it gained independence. However, it continued using the ruble as its currency until 2000. The National Bank of the Republic issued these ruble notes from 1994 to 1999.
The National Bank of the Republic was renamed the National Bank of Tajikistan in 2000. The National Bank of Tajikistan also introduced its current national currency, the somoni (ISO code: TJS), at a rate of 1 somoni to 1,000 rubles in the same year. The somoni is named after Ismoil Somoni, the founder of Tajikistan. The somoni is divided into 100 dirams.
Somoni notes highlight national heroes and figures who revolutionized Tajikistans culture, arts, sciences, and philosophies. They also showcase natural landmarks and important buildings. The design of these notes has barely changed since its introduction. The changes that have been integrated are due to the upgraded security features. Currently, somoni notes come in the following denominations: 10, 20, 50. 100, 200, and 500 Somoni’s.