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In 1995, Georgian coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 tetri denominations entered circulation. “Tetri”, the name of 1/100 of a lari, derives from a Georgian term from the 13th century.

The coins of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 tetri denominations are all made of a silvery stainless steel; the 50 tetri coin is also made of stainless steel but is of a golden hue.

The coins were designed by Mr. Elguja Amashukeli, Mr. Nodar Malazonia and Mr. Bachana Malazonia.

     
On August 10, 2000 Georgian bi-metallic 10 lari coins were put into circulation to commemorate the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of Christ and the 3,000th anniversary of Georgian statehood. These coins circulate together with 10 lari banknotes. The coins have a yellow-colored outer ring surrounding a silvery core. The coins were designed by Mr. Emir Burjanadze and Ms. Tinatin Tevzadze.

In 2006 the National Bank of Georgia issued coins of a new modification in the denominations of 50 tetri and 1 and 2 lari. The new coins are produced with the latest technologies at Austrian, Dutch and British mints. The new modification of the 50 tetri coin circulates in parallel with the old coins of the same denomination. The 1 and 2 lari coins will be circulated together with paper money of the same denominations. The coins were designed by Mr. Mamuka Gongadze and Ms. Natia Dolidze.

1 TETRI 
Date of issue: 1993
Weight: 1.38 g
Diameter: 15 mm
Thickness: 1.25 mm
Alloy: stainless steel
   
     
OBVERSE: The denomination numeral "1” on the upper part of the coin with the Georgian inscription "tetri” and a vine tendril underneath. The edge of the coin is circled with a plant ornament. 


REVERSE: Borjgali (a symbol of the sun) and the date of mintage (1993) with Georgian and English marginal legends "საქართველოს რესპუბლიკა” and "REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA”.

 
2 TETRI
Date of issue: 1993
Weight: 1.90 g
Diameter: 17.50 mm
Thickness: 1.25 mm
Alloy: stainless steel
         
     

OBVERSE: A peacock with spread wings on the upper part of the coin with the inscription "tetri” and the denomination numeral "2” underneath. The edge of the coin is circled with a plant ornament


REVERSE: Borjgali (symbol of the sun) and the date of mintage (1993) with Georgian and English marginal legends „საქართველოს რესპუბლიკა and „REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA” on it.


    

5 TETRI
Date of issue: 1993
Weight: 2.50 g
Diameter: 20 mm
Thickness: 1.32 mm
Alloy: stainless steel
 
  



OBVERSE: A statue of a golden lion from the 3rd millennium B.C. barrow of the Alazani valley, with the denomination numeral “5” and the Georgian inscription “tetri” underneath. The edge of the coin is circled with a plant ornament.


REVERSE: Borjgali (a symbol of the sun) and the date of mintage (1993) with Georgian and English marginal legends “საქართველოს რესპუბლიკა” and “REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA”.



10 TETRI
Date of issue: 1993
Weight: 3 g
Diameter: 22 mm
Thickness: 1.27 mm.
Alloy: stainless steel.



OBVERSE: Saint Mamai riding a lion, a depiction on an 11th century silver plate gilded with gold from the Gelati monastery. The denomination numeral “10” is on the right hand side of the coin with the Georgian inscription “tetri” underneath. The edge of the coin is circled with a plant ornament.

REVERSE: Borjgali (a symbol of the sun) and the date of mintage (1993) with Georgian and English marginal legends "საქართველოს რესპუბლიკა and "REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA” on it.



20 TETRI
Date of issue: 1993
Weight: 5 g
Diameter: 25 mm
Thickness: 1.62 mm
Alloy: stainless steel

     

OBVERSE: The stag from a painting of Niko Pirosmanashvili (Pirosmani), a famous Georgian painter, with the denomination numeral "20” on the left hand side and the  Georgian inscription "tetri” underneath. The edge of the coin is circled with a plant ornament.



REVERSE: Borjgali (a symbol of the sun) and the date of mintage (1993) with Georgian and English marginal legends "საქართველოს რესპუბლიკა and "REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA”. 
      
    

50 TETRI
Date of issue: 1993
Weight: 2.5 g
Diameter: 19 mm
Thickness: 1.40 mm
Alloy: copper


OBVERSE: The relief of the Gryphon from the eastern facade of the 11th century "Samtavisi” church with the denomination numeral  "50” and the Georgian inscription "tetri” underneath. The edge of the coin is circled with a plant ornament.

  
 
     

REVERSE: Borjgali (a symbol of the sun) and the date of mintage (1993) with Georgian and English marginal legends "საქართველოს რესპუბლიკა and "REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA”.




Date of issue: 2006
Weight: 6.5 g
Diameter: 24 mm
Thickness: 1,9 mm
Alloy: copper-nickel



OBVERSE: Features the coat of arms of Georgia surrounded with a symbolic image of sun beams. The legend “საქართველო” and the date of issue (2006) are under the coat of arms.



REVERSE: Features the denomination numeral “50” and the legend “თეთრი”.
Both sides of the coin have a microelement similar to that found on the old Colchian tetri coin – a lion’s head.

The edge of the coin is milled and bears a bilingual legend – "საქართველო  Georgia” with five-pointed stars in between.


ONE LARI COIN
Date of issue: 2006
Weight: 7.8 g
Diameter: 26.2 mm
Thickness: 1,95 mm
Alloy: copper-nickel-silver-colored



OBVERSE: The obverse of the coin is half-milled and features the coat of arms of Georgia and the legend “საქართველო” on the upper left side and the date of issue (2006) on the lower right side.
 


REVERSE: The reverse is half-milled, featuring with denomination numeral “1” and the legend “ლარი”. Both sides of the coin have a microelement, a lion’s head, similar to the one found on the old Colchian tetri coin.

The edge of the coin is milled and bears a bilingual legend reading "საქართველო Georgia” with five-pointed stars in between.

TWO LARI BI-METALLIC COIN
Date of issue: 2006
Weight: 8 g
Diameter:  27.0 mm
Thickness: 2,15 mm 
Alloy: inner ring: copper- aluminum-nickel, gold-colored
Outer ring: copper-nickel, silver-colored


OBVERSE: The obverse of the coin bears the coat of arms of Georgia, and the rim has a circular legend “საქართველო” and the date of issue (2006).





REVERSE: The reverse features the denomination numeral “2” and the legend “ლარი”. The silver-color milled surface has an original design, representing a central symbolic image of sun rays.



 

Both sides of the coin have a microelement – a lion’s head similar to the one found on the old Colchian tetri coin.

The edge of the coin is milled and bears a bilingual legend reading "
საქართველო Georgia” with five-pointed stars in between.

TEN LARI COMMEMORATIVE BI-METALLIC COIN
Dedicated to the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of Christ 

Date of issue: 2000
Weight: 10.60 g
Diameter: 26  mm
Alloy: inner ring: copper-nickel
Outer ring: copper-nickel-zinc


 
OBVERSE: The obverse features a heraldic shield with crosses and the sacred gown of Christ in the center with the Georgian marginal legend: 2000 A.D.




REVERSE: The reverse features the denomination numeral “10” with the inscription “ten” and “Lari”. The edge is circled with the marginal legend that reads “NATIONAL BANK OF GEORGIA – 2000”.




The rim of the coin is corrugated and features English inscriptions "GEORGIA” and "TEN LARI” with two stars between them.  
     
 
     

TEN LARI COMMEMORATIVE BI-METALLIC COIN
Dedicated to the 3,000th anniversary of Georgian statehood
 
Date of issue: 2000
Weight: 10.60 g
Diameter: 26  mm
Alloy: inner ring: copper-nickel
Outer ring: copper- nickel-zinc

OBVERSE: The obverse features bas-reliefs of the eagle and lion from the 11th century Svetitskhoveli cathedral (which signify the strength of the state). The composition is finalized by a leaf ornament and seven stars. The coin is circled with a legend that reads, in Georgian, ”3,000th anniversary of Georgian statehood”.

 


 
REVERSE: The reverse features the denomination numeral “10” with the inscription “Lari”. The edge is circled with the marginal legend: “NATIONAL BANK OF GEORGIA – 2000”.



The rim of the coin is corrugated and features English inscriptions “GEORGIA” and “TEN LARI” with two stars between them. 
 

 

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