The somoni is the official currency of Tajikistani since 2000 when it replaced the Tajikistani ruble. In 1999, the National Bank of Tajikistan printed banknotes which were introduced the following year; denominations of 1, 5, 20, 50 dirams, and 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100, followed by a 3, 200, and 500 somoni note in 2010.
The 500 Tajikistan somoni note front design features the portrait of Abū’ Abd Allāh Ja’far ibn Muḥammad al-Rūdhakī (859 – 941), better known as Rudaki or as the “Adam of the poets,” he was a Persian poet who is considered the first great literary genius of the modern Persian language; in the background, there is a character from his poetry, the National Emblem, and the denomination; the lettering is presented in the Tajik language. The reverse of the note illustrates the Palace of the Nation located in Dushanbe, the presidential banner of Tajikistan, sketches of doves of peace in flight, the National flag, and the denomination. The lettering is presented in the English language. This note is part of the 2010 – 2018 series, and its color is purple and grey on a multicolor underprint.
Text: National Bank of the Republic of Tajikistan, President of Tajikistan, Chairman of the National Bank, Five Hundred Somonī, Tickets of Ministry Bank of Tajikistan will be given for counterfeit in accordance with the law, 500, Palace of Tajikistan, Abūabdullohi Rūdakī 858 – 941, 2010.