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Kyrgyzstan Currency

ISO 4217 code
KGS
Central bank
National Bank of the
Kyrgyz Republic
 Website
www.nbkr.kg
User(s)
Kyrgyzstan
Inflation
6.4%
 Source
The World Factbook,
2006 est.
Subunit
 1/100
tyiyn
Plural
som
 tyiyn
tyiyn
Coins
 Freq. used
1, 3, 5, 10 som
 Rarely used
1, 10, 50 tyiyn
Banknotes
20, 50, 100, 200, 500,
1000, 5000 som
 Rarely used
1, 10, 50 tyiyn, 1, 5, 10
som
The som (Kyrgyz: сом,
sometimes
transliterated as "sum"
or "soum") is the
currency of the Kyrgyz
Republic in Central Asia.
The ISO 4217 currency
code is KGS. The som is
sub-divided into 100
tyiyn (Kyrgyz: тыйын).
The som was
introduced on May 10,
1993, replacing the
Soviet ruble at a rate of
1 som = 200 rubles.
Etymology
In the Soviet Union,
speakers of Kazakh,
Kyrgyz and Uzbek called
the ruble the som, and
this name appeared
written on the back of
banknotes, among the
texts for the value of
the bill in all 15 official
languages of the Union.
The word som
(sometimes
transliterated "sum" or
"soum") means "pure" in
Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uyghur
and Uzbek, as well as in
many other Turkic
languages. The word
implies "pure gold".


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