Lari: coin of Georgia (1995-...); 100 tetri


1 lari, 2006: Georgia

1 lari, 2006: Georgia

Georgia — country located in Europe and Asia. It is part of the Caucasus region. Bounded by the Black Sea, Russia, Turkey, Armenia, and by Azerbaijan. The official modern name of the state is Georgia (before the entry into force of the 1995 constitution — Republic of Georgia).

1 ლარი: 1 lari.

On both sides of the coin (obverse and reverse) the old Colchis coin is reproduced in the form of microelements — the image of a lion's head.

საქართველო: Georgia (romanized "Sakartvelo").

Coat of arms of Georgia: heraldic shield, on its field is depicted a rider on a horse and with a spear ending with a cross (Saint George with a halo, striking a dragon). The shield is crowned with the Iverian (Georgian) crown. The supporters are two lions, standing on a compartment of stylized grape vine ornament. The compartment is embellished with a motto ribbon. On the field of the ribbon with Mkhedruli letters is written the motto "ძალა ერთობაშია" ("Strength is in unity"). On the ribbon, in the beginning and the end of the inscription, are depicted heraldic crosses.

The inscription on the edge coin: საქართველო - Georgia.

Coin design: Mamuka Gongadze (Georgian heraldry specialist, architect, artist, author of the Georgian state coat of arms, and Deputy Chairman of the State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia).

The coin was minted with the permanent date "2006" for several years in a row (different mints).

  • Copper-nickel: 26 mm - 7.8 g
  • Reference price: 0.5$

COIN LARI — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. GEORGIA (1995-...): lari = 100 tetri

LARI as coin name.
Lari (Georgian "ლარი") — coin and currency of Georgia, introduced in 1995. It divided into 100 tetri.
The lari replaced the Georgian kuponi, which was used in 1993-1995 (without any Georgian coins).
The first ever circulating lari coin is dated 2006, while the non-circulating — 1995.
Firstly after the introduction of lari two series of coins were in circulation: 1993 (1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 tetri) and 2006 (50 tetri, 1 and 2 lari).
All coins of the first series were made in France — at the Paris Mint. Interestingly, coins of the second series were already minted in three different countries: Austria (50 tetri), the Netherlands (1 lari), Great Britain (2 lari). In addition to circulating coins, since 1995 commemorative/anniversary coins have been issued. However, coins for numismatists are presented relatively rarely.
The name of the lari coin comes from an ancient Georgian word that translates as treasure, property...
Please note that Georgian lari and Maldivian laari, although they have very similar spellings of their English names, actually have nothing in common — neither in terms of etymology nor in terms of the historical background of their origin.