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|Қазақ теңгесі (Kazakh)
Казахстанский тенге (Russian)
|ISO 4217 code||KZT|
|Central bank||The National Bank of Kazakhstan|
|Inflation||5.950% p.a. (as of Feb. 01, 2012)|
|Source||Basic Macroeconomic Indicators on the homepage|
|Plural||The language(s) of this currency does not have a morphological plural distinction.|
|Freq. used||1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 tenge|
|Banknotes||200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 tenge|
- 1 History
- 2 Coins
- 3 Banknotes
- 4 Commemorative banknotes
- 5 Exchange rates and inflation
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, attempts were made by most republics to maintain a common currency. Some politicians were hoping to at least maintain "special relations" among former Soviet republics, or the "near abroad". Other reasons were the economic considerations for maintaining the ruble zone. The wish to preserve strong trade relations between former Soviet republics was considered the most important goal.
The break-up of the Soviet Union was not accompanied by any formal changes in monetary arrangements. The Central Bank of Russia was authorized to take over the State Bank of the USSR (Gosbank) on 1 January 1992. It continued to ship USSR ruble notes and coins to the central banks of the fourteen newly independent countries, which had formerly been the main branches of Gosbank in the republics.
The political situation, however, was not favorable for maintaining a common currency. Maintaining a common currency requires a strong political consensus in respect to monetary and fiscal targets, a common institution in charge of implementing these targets, and some minimum of common legislation (concerning the banking and foreign exchange regulations). These conditions were far from being met amidst the turbulent economic and political situation.
During the first half of 1992, a monetary union with 15 independent states all using the ruble existed. Since it was clear that the situation would not last, each of them was using its position as "free-riders" to issue huge amounts of money in the form of credit.  As a result, some countries were issuing coupons in order to "protect" their markets from buyers from other states. The Russian central bank responded in July 1992 by setting up restrictions to the flow of credit between Russia and other states. The final collapse of the ruble zone began when Russia pulled out with the exchange of banknotes by the Central bank of Russia on Russian territory at the end of July 1993.
As a result, Kazakhstan and other countries still in the ruble zone were "pushed out". On November 12, 1993, a decree of the President of Kazakhstan, "About introducing national currency of Republic of Kazakhstan", was issued. The tenge was introduced on 15 November 1993 to replace the Soviet ruble at a rate of 1 tenge = 500 rubles. In 1991 a "special group" of designers was created: Mendybay Alin, Timur Suleymenov, Asimsaly Duzelkhanov and Khayrulla Gabzhalilov. As such, November 15 is celebrated as the "Day of National Currency of Republic of Kazakhstan". In 1995, a tenge printing factory was opened in Kazakhstan. The first consignment of tenge was printed abroad, in the UK. The first coins were minted in Germany.
The word tenge in the Kazakh and most other Turkic languages means a set of scales (cf the old Uzbek tenga or the Tajik borrowed term tanga). The origin of the word is the Turkic teŋ- which means being equal, balance. The name of this currency is thus similar to the lira, pound and peso. The name of the currency is related to the Russian word for money Russian: деньги / den'gi, which was borrowed from Turkic.
In autumn 2006, the National Bank of Kazakhstan organized a competition for the symbol of the Kazakhstan Tenge and received over 30,000 applications. On March 20, 2007, two days before the Nauryz holiday, the National Bank of Kazakhstan approved a graphical symbol for the Tenge: . On March 29, 2007, the Bank announced two designers from Almaty, Vadim Davydenko and Sanzhar Amirkhanov, as winners for the creation of the symbol of the Kazakhstan Tenge. They shared a prize of 1 million tenge and the title of "parents" of the Kazakhstan Tenge symbol. The character was proposed for encoding in Unicode in 2008, and was included in Unicode 5.2.0 (August 2009) at code point U+20B8.
While older coins were struck in Germany, current coins are struck domestically, by the Kazakhstan Mint in Oskemen.
First series (1993)
In 1993, the first series of coins were introduced in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 tiyin featuring the national arms and were struck in bronze. 1, 3, 5, 10 and 20 tenge were struck in cupro-nickel and depicted stylized and mythical animals. The coins of this period circulated alongside tiyin and low denomination tenge notes of equal value.
Second series (1995)
In 1998, a new series of coins was introduced, which excluded the tiyin having 1 tenge being the smallest denomination. 100 tenge were later introduced in 2002 replacing the equivalent notes. An irregular 2 tenge coin was also introduced later in 2005. In 2013 the alloy of lower denomination coins was altered. Coins currently in circulation are:
|Second series coins of the Kazakh tenge (1997–present)|
|Image||Value||Technical parameters||Description||Date of|
|||1 tenge||15 mm||1,63g||Alloy of «nickel silver», yellow color
(since 2013 - carbon steel, galvanic coating yellow metal)
|Plain||Value||Year, Emblem of Kazakhstan||1997~present||11 November 1998||Current|
|||2 tenge||16 mm||1,84 g|
|||5 tenge||17,27 mm||2,18 g|
|||10 tenge||19,56 mm||2,81 g|
|||20 tenge||18,27 mm||2,9 g||Alloy of «nickel silver», white color (since 2013 - carbon steel and galvanic nickel)||Grooved||Value||Year, Emblem of Kazakhstan||1997~present||11 November 1998||Current|
|||50 tenge||23 mm||4,7 g|
|||100 tenge||24,5 mm||6,65 g||Inner disk: alloy of «nickel silver», white color
Outer disk: alloy of «nibrass», yellow color.
|Grooved with the note - «СТО ТЕНГЕ - ЖYЗ ТЕҢГЕ» (one hundred tenge)||2002~present||1 July 2002|
|These images are to scale at 2.5 pixels per millimetre. For table standards, see the coin specification table.|
Commemorative coins are issued in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 2,500, 5,000 and 10,000 tenge. Silver and gold bullion coins exist in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 tenge. Many of the 20 and 50 tenge commemorative's are also struck in cupro-nickel and occasionally make it out into general circulation as a side coinage with face value.
On 15 November 1993, the National Bank of Kazakhstan issued notes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 tiyn, 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, and 50 tenge; 100 tenge notes followed shortly thereafter. These were followed in 1994 by 200, 500, and 1,000 tenge notes. 2,000 tenge notes were introduced in 1996, with 5,000 tenge in 1999 and 10,000 tenge on 28 July 2003. Notes currently in circulation are:
- 200 tenge portrait of Al-Farabi
- 500 tenge portrait of Al-Farabi, fragment of Khodzha Akhmet Yassaui mausoleum
- 1,000 tenge portrait of Al-Farabi
- 2,000 tenge portrait of Al-Farabi
- 5,000 tenge portrait of Al-Farabi
- 10,000 tenge portrait of Al-Farabi, image of snow leopard.
|1 tiyn||value in numeral and Kazakh, unique geometric design background||value in numeral and Kazakh, Kazakhstan coat of arms, unique geometric design background||1993||2001|
|1 tenge||dark blue||pink||Portrait of Al-Farabi||Geometrical constructions and formulations of Al-Farabi||2012-2018|
|3 tenge||green, grey||green||Portrait of Suinbai Aronuly||Alatau landscape|
|5 tenge||brown||yellow, red||Portrait of Kurmangazy||Mausoleum|
|10 tenge||dark blue||pink||Portrait of Chokan Ualihanov||Ok Zhetpes mountain|
|20 tenge||dark brown||brown||Portrait of Abay Kunanbaev||Illustration of golden eagle with the man, drawn from works of Abay Kunanbaev|
|50 tenge||light brown||brown||Portrait of Abulhair Khan||Rock paintings of Mangistau|
|100 tenge||violet||pink||Portrait of Ablay Khan||Hodja Ahmed Yassavi mausoleum|
|200 tenge||brown, red||yellow, blue||Portrait of Al-Farabi||Hodja Ahmed Yassavi mausoleum||1994|
|500 tenge||dark blue, blue||blue, violet||Portrait of Al-Farabi||Hodja Ahmed Yassavi mausoleum|
|1,000 tenge||green, red||green, blue, red||Portrait of Al-Farabi||Hodja Ahmed Yassavi mausoleum|
|2,000 tenge||green, blue||green, brown||Portrait of Al-Farabi||Hodja Ahmed Yassavi mausoleum||1996|
|5,000 tenge||brown, violet||brown||Portrait of Al-Farabi||Hodja Ahmed Yassavi mausoleum||1998|
|10,000 tenge||blue||blue, brown||Portrait of Al-Farabi||Snow leopard against a background of mountains||2003|
The National Bank of Kazakhstan issued banknotes of new series in 2006. They have the same values as the previously existed ones.
The 2006 series is far more exotic than its predecessors. The obverse is vertical and the denomination is written in Kazakh. All denominations depict the Astana Bayterek monument, the flag of Kazakhstan, the Coat of arms, the handprint with a signature of president Nazarbayev and fragments of the national anthem. The main differences across each denomination are only the colours, the values, the underprint patterns.
The first printing of the 2,000 and 5,000 tenge notes issued in 2006 had misspellings of the word for "bank" (the correct spelling "банкі" banki was misspelled "банқі" banqi). The misspelling was a politically sensitive issue due to the cultural and political importance of the Kazakh language.
|Image||Value||Main Colour||Description||Date of issue|
|200 tenge||orange||Astana Bayterek monument, Kazakhstan flag, Kazakhstan coat of arms, handprint with a signature of Nursultan Nazarbayev, fragments of the national anthem, value in numerals and Kazakh words, issuing bank in Kazakh, inscription in Kazakh stating that counterfeiting banknotes is against the law||Transport and Communication Ministry and a winged snow leopard on the bridge over River Ishim, outline map of Kazakhstan with Ministry of Defense and the steppes in the background, value in Russian, name of issuing in Kazakh, logo of issuing bank, inscription in Russian stating that counterfeiting banknotes is against the law||2006|
|500 tenge||blue||Ministry of Finance and Akimat (City Hall) of Astana, outline map of Kazakhstan with gulls over the sea in background, value in Russian, name of issuing in Kazakh, logo of issuing bank, inscription in Russian stating that counterfeiting banknotes is against the law|
|1,000 tenge||brown||President Culture Center, outline map of Kazakhstan with mountains in background, value in Russian, name of issuing in Kazakh, logo of issuing bank, inscription in Russian stating that counterfeiting banknotes is against the law|
|2,000 tenge||green||Abai Opera House, outline map of Kazakhstan with mountain lake in background, value in Russian, name of issuing in Kazakh, logo of issuing bank, inscription in Russian stating that counterfeiting banknotes is against the law|
|5,000 tenge||red||Independence Monument and the Kazakhstan Hotel, outline map of Kazakhstan with mountains in background, value in Russian, name of issuing in Kazakh, logo of issuing bank, inscription in Russian stating that counterfeiting banknotes is against the law|
|10,000 tenge||purple||Residence Akorda (presidential palace), outline map of Kazakhstan with canyons in the background, value in Russian, name of issuing in Kazakh, logo of issuing bank, inscription in Russian stating that counterfeiting banknotes is against the law|
New series with security features 2008
Since 2008, a number of commemorative designs have been issued, including notes celebrating the 2011 Asian Winter Games hosted in Astana. Commemoratives can typically be found in these denominations: 1000 tenge, 2000 tenge, 5000 tenge, and 10000 tenge.
- 5,000 tenge (2001)
5,000 tenge issued banknote in 2001 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union.
- 5,000 tenge (2008)
5,000 tenge banknote issued in 2008 to commemorate 15 years of the Kazakhstani tenge.
- 1,000 tenge (2010)
- 1,000 tenge (2011)
- 2,000 tenge (2011)
- 10,000 tenge (2011)
10,000 tenge banknote issued in 2011 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union.
- 1,000 tenge (2013)
Exchange rates and inflation
On February 11, 2014, the Kazakh National Bank chose to devalue the tenge by 19% against the U.S. dollar in response to a weakening of the Russian ruble.
On August 20, 2015, The Kazakhstan National Bank has done away with the currency band with respect to conversion rate of Tenge. Now, the Tenge is a free-floating currency and its exchange rate against the major currencies are determined by demand and supply in the market. Due to this change, the currency Tenge lost its value by 30% in a single day. 
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