The National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic released to circulation today, 10 May 2024, a new banknote of 5,000 som (KGS5,000.3) honoring Suimenkul Chokmorov, a famous Kyrgyz actor who died in 2022.

The front of the note shows his portrait, with the building of the Ala-Too cinema in the back.

The new banknote is dated 2023 and has these security features:

1. Watermark: Look for the multi-tonal portrait combined with numbers, visible when held to the light.  

2. Security thread visible as a broken line, and when viewed against the light it is a continuous line. Tilt the note to see a rapid movement up and down the threads background and the diamond-shaped logo of the National Bank pulsate. 

3. See-through image: Look for the patterns on the front and reverse sides of the banknote complete a pattern of diamonds when held to the light.  

4. Raised ink: Feel the raised ink on the portrait, inscriptions and denomination. 

5. Latent image: Tilt the note to see the C in a rainbow colour stand out from the background.  

6. Colour-shifting ink: When banknote is tilted the colour of the pattern, which includes three-dimensional concentric rings, shifts from gold to jade.  

7. Iridescent stripe (on the reverse side): The diamond-shaped logo of the National Bank and the denomination can be seen when the banknote is tilted. 

Source: National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Courtesy: Cleophas Schockem.


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