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500 Apsar 2018, Abkhazia

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Years of issue: 29.09.2018
Signatures: no signature
Serie: Commemorative issue
Specimen of: 2018
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 150 x 65
Printer: Гознак, Московская печатная фабрика, филиал ФГУП "Гознак", Москва

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Vladislav Ardzinba (Abkhazian: Владислав Арӡынба, Georgian: ვლადისლავ არძინბა; 14 May 1945 – 4 March 2010) was the first de facto President of Abkhazia. A historian by education, Ardzinba led Abkhazia to de facto independence in the 1992–1993 War with Georgia, but its de jure independence from Georgia remained internationally unrecognised during Ardzinba's two terms as President from 1994 to 2005.

A noted specialist in Hittitology, he was a member of the first parliament to be elected democratically in the Soviet Union in 1989.

The main image of the front side of the banknote is the portrait of the First President of the Republic of Abkhazia V. G. Ardzinba, under which the inscription "Vladislav Arkynba" is located. In the background, soldiers of the Abkhaz Armed Forces are depicted raising the banner of Victory. The images are superimposed on the traditional Abkhazian ornament. From left to right, there are seven stars from the state flag of the Republic of Abkhazia in a semicircle. In the lower left corner - the state emblem. In the left corner, in vertical two lines, the denomination "500 ԥсар" is indicated.


The Emblem of the Republic of Abkhazia was adopted by the Supreme Soviet of Abkhazia on 23 July 1992, after it declared its secession from Georgia.

The emblem of separatist Republic of Abkhazia is a shield divided vertically into white and green. On this are placed devices outlined in gold:

At the base eight-pointed star, in the upper part of both the white and the green field are set two eight-pointed stars.

At the centre of the shield is a horseman, flying on the fabulous steed called Arash, and shooting an arrow towards the stars. This scene is from the heroic epic Narts.

Green symbolizes youth and life, while white symbolizes spirituality. The stars represent the sun, as well as the union of the East and West.

The flag of the Republic of Abkhazia was created in 1991 by V. Gamgia. It was officially adopted on 23 July 1992. The design of the red canton is based on the banner of the medieval Kingdom of Abkhazia. The open right hand means "Hello to friends! Stop to Enemies!". The seven stars in the canton have since been reinterpreted to correspond to the seven historical regions of the country - Sadzen, Bzyp, Gumaa, Abzhywa, Samurzaqan, Dal-Tsabal and Pskhuy-Aibga.

Seven is a number sacred to the Abkhaz and the green and white stripes represent the tolerance that allows Christianity and Islam to cohabit.


500 Apsar 2018

The main image of the reverse side of the banknote is a map of the Republic of Abkhazia, as well as a silhouette of the architectural complex of the capital of Abkhazia, Sukhum, enclosed in a decorative rim against the background of a symbolic fortress tower with the state emblem of the Republic of Abkhazia. Along the rim, there is an inscription in the Abkhaz language “Naggara aқәzaait Aԥsynra”. The number "500" is located under the image. The background of the composition is a traditional ornament. On the reverse side, the image of seven stars is duplicated, as well as the name of the denomination in the right corner - 500 ԥcaр.

The banknote has two serial numbers located on the reverse side of the banknote and having a two-letter series designation and nine digits of the number. The left number is legible along the long side of the banknote, the right one - along the short side.

In the lower right part of the reverse side of the banknote there is a QR code containing a link to the page of the Bank of Abkhazia website with a description of the security features of the banknote.

The banknote is executed in brown - green tones, made on white cotton paper. (Национальный банк республики Абхазия .rus)


The 500 Apsar banknote was issued on September 29, 2018 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the victory of the people of Abkhazia in the 1992-1993 Patriotic War.

In accordance with the Law of the Republic of Abkhazia dated 21.04.2008 N 2012-s-IV "On the introduction into circulation in the territory of the Republic of Abkhazia of commemorative and investment coins and commemorative banknotes" commemorative banknotes are banknotes made on the basis of paper, special types of plastic or their combination ... Banknotes can be circulated both as a means of payment and as collectibles, investments and goods at prices that differ from their nominal value.

Face value (denomination) - the original value of the price, the nominal value indicated on the banknote. The banknotes issued by the National Bank of the Republic of Abkhazia (Bank of Abkhazia) have the name "Apsar".

Banknotes put into circulation are legal tender at their nominal value, which has a hard equivalent in Russian rubles: 1 apsar is equal to 10 rubles of the Russian Federation. In this case, banknotes cannot be used as a means of payment in the retail system.

The price of banknotes at the initial issue is determined by their face value.

The price of banknotes on the secondary market is free.

The Bank of Abkhazia and credit organizations, without charging a fee and without limiting the amount, carry out operations to exchange banknotes of the Bank of Abkhazia for rubles of the Russian Federation and other currencies with legal entities and individuals with whom they perform banking operations in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Abkhazia. (Национальный банк республики Абхазия .rus)