A Palace To The People's Friendship: 100 So'm (Uzbekistan,1994)-Article

Updated: Jan 31

This colorful Uzbek banknote represents the 6th denomination of the Second Som (Series 1994). The Second Som was introduced on 1 July 1994. It was preceded by the transitional First Som, which replaced the Soviet Ruble at par (1:1), on November 15, 1993. The exchange rate was a substantial 1,000 "Old" to 1 "New Som. Due to high inflation of the post-1991 Soviet Ruble.

Notably the banknotes of the Series 1994 are highly ornate. Although follow a basic format, with the National Emblem on the observe. While the reverse depicts one of Uzbekistan's famous landmark. This practice continued until the adoption of the current Series 2021.


The observe depicts the National Emblem of Uzbekistan, held up by a pair of Griffins. The national emblem features the mythical Khumo, a large bird said to endlessly soar above the earth. The Khumo is said to be compassionate and a bringer of good fortune. Making it somewhat similar to the ancient Chinese Fenghuang.

Beneath the National Emblem is the text "100 ЮЗ СЎМ", representing the note's 100 So'm face value. The note header above reads (trans.) "Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan". While the footer below reads (trans.), "The Uzbek So‘m must be accepted at face value, for all payments in the republic".

To the note's left is an elaborate mosaic, featuring a pair of colorful peacocks. At its top is one of the note's dual-serial numbers, it reads "EQ2689818". To the far-right is the note's watermark area. At the top of the watermark area is an ornate frame. It feature a subtle unprinted area, which functions as part of a registration element. Backlighting it fills in this unprinted space.

Below the note's "1994" print date be seen above an ornate frame. This frame It features a stylized number "10", and "kissing peacocks. The note's second serial number can be seen overprinted over the bottom of the frame.

The note's watermark depicts the National Emblem of Uzbekistan.


The reverse features the Turkiston Palace, in Tashkent. The Turkiston was open on 1993, to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Independence of Uzbekistan. Also known the Peoples' Friendship Palace, it serves as venue for various public events. Which includes concerts, exhibitions, and cultural events. Foreign embassies occasionally hold their own events in the Turkiston.

While the illustration covers the majority of the reverse, there are some notable details. The header reads, "ЮЗ СЎМ", representing the note's "Hundred So'm value. The footer features a counterfeit warning it reads (trans.), "Counterfeiting of the Uzbek So‘m is prosecuted in accordance to the law". Along the upper-right and lower-left corners are number "100"s.

An additional number "100" can be seen on the lower-left corner. It rests on an elaborate circular backing, its color scheme resembles illustration's. At the upper-left corner is an elaborate embellishment. Its orange colored section forms the positive of the observe registration element.

1994 Second Som Gallery

(Gallery contains all Series 1994 banknotes)


Additional Notes

  • This notes dimensions are 142 x 69 mm or 5.59 x 2.72 in, wider than a US Dollar.

  • The preferable method to preserve this note are standard protective sleeves, cut to size.

  • The Second So'm ISO code is UZS, it uses сум as it official symbol.

  • The Second So'm is subdivided into 100 Tyin, although inflation has made it obsolete.

  • Uzbekistan adds new and retires old banknotes based on long-term inflation.

  • Banknotes valued from 1-25 So'm were demonetized, on 1 March 2020.

  • Banknotes valued from 50-100 So'm were demonetized, on 1 July 2019.

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