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Early Notes Of Independent Tajikistan: 100 Ruble (Tajikistan, 1994)-Article

Updated: Jan 2, 2022

This small Tajik banknote represents the 6th denomination of the Ruble (Series 1994). The Tajik Ruble was introduced on 10 May 1995, as a replacement for the Soviet and Russian Ruble. Which served as the national currency of Tajikistan, after the collapse of the Soviet Union (1922-1991).

As the poorest former Soviet Republic, Tajikistan was the last to adopt its own currency. Even when including the unrecognized republic of Transnistria. The notes were simple, printed on 7th Soviet Ruble paper stock. with the assistance of Russian printer Goznak. Which is made apparent by the reuse of some Soviet-era templates.

On 29 October 2000, the Tajik Ruble was replaced by the Somoni. At a rate of 1,000 Rubles to 1 Somoni.


The note's observe is ornate, reusing elements of the 1991 Soviet 100 Ruble. At the center is Tajik text listing the note's "100 Ruble" (Сад рубл) face value. Above this text is a number "100" framed by wheat. This number "100" replaced Emblem of the Soviet Union, seen on the previous Soviet Ruble. Notably the underprint remains the same, although backing has been slightly changed.

Additionally the header text has been changed. Itr reads "БОНКИ МИЛЛИИ ҶУМҲУРИИ", for the "National Bank of the Republic of Tajikistan". The original Soviet example read, "Note of State Bank of the USSR". The footer is also noticeably absent in this note.

The original footer had a notification, stating the note was backed by, "Gold Precious Metals and Other Assets". A pair number "100"s have also been removed. The first was located at the lower center, beneath the note's text. Which was initially positioned slightly lower. While the second was off-set to the lower-right, on a guilloché backing.

At the note center-left, is the Tajik Coat of Arms. This replaced an earlier bust of Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924). Moving to the far-right is the note's watermark area. It contains the note's print year (1994) and an additional number "100", on a guilloché backing. The style of these elements have been slightly changed.

Like many post-Soviet banknotes, the watermark covers the note's surface. It features repeating star patterns, similar to the 1991 Soviet 1 Ruble banknote. Although differs from the note it based on. The 100 Soviet Ruble (1991) had a Vladimir Lenin bust as a watermark.


The reverse depicts the Tajik Supreme Assembly parliament building, with an enormous national flag soaring overhead. The prior to 1994, this building was known as the "Supreme Soviet of the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic". Notably this reverse art is an almost entirely a new design.

This new reverse art lists the note's "САД РУБЛ" (Hundred Ruble) value, on a decorative stamp. Below this stamp is the note's serial number, it reads "БЧ 2992836". Completing this section is decorative framing. The upper frame is bookmarked by a pair of number "100"s, while the lower features floral designs.

Moving to the far left is the watermark area. At it's top is a warning to would be counterfeiters. It translates to, "To counterfeit the banknotes of the National Bank of the Republic of Tajikistan is punishable by law". The 100 Soviet Ruble (1991) featured a similar statement, in Russian. It was roughly located in place of this note's serial number.

At the bottom of the watermark area, is an additional number "100". This final number "100" is a backed by a "placard" backing. Rather than the 3-toned guilloché pattern seen on the previous Soviet note.

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Additional Notes

  • This note's dimensions are 120 x 60 mm or 4.72 x 2.36 in, smaller than a US Dollar.

  • The preferable method to preserve this note are side-opening protective sleeves, cut to size.

  • The Tajik Ruble ISO code was TJR, it lacked a formal symbol.

  • In theory, the Tajik Ruble was sub-divided into 100 Tanga, although no Tanga denominated currency was issued.

  • The 7th Soviet 1 Ruble was the basis for Tajik Ruble, from denominations 1-50 Rubles.

  • Tajik Rubles from denominations 100-500, are influenced by the 7th Soviet 100 Ruble.

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