Story of Lari Sign creation
Lari has its own sign. NBG has announced Lari sign competition in
December 2013. The temporary commission consisting of representatives of
NBG, the Budget and Finance Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, the
State Council of Heraldry, the Ministry of Culture and Monument
Protection of Georgia and the Ministry of Education and Science of
Georgia has been created.
In order to identify the winner sign commission has given priority to
the samples presented by the conception designed with Georgian Mkhedruli
inscription and made a point of the following criteria: conception,
design, accordance with Georgian alphabet, existence of elements marking
the currency, possibility of outlining easily and also observance of
requests and recommendations determined by competition rules.
Lari sign is based on graphic outline of Georgian one arched letter
“L”(Lasi). According to the world experience with regard to various
signs the first symbol of the sign is crossed by one or two parallel
lines. It is notable that with regard to various currency signs addition
of parallel lines is designed to transform a letter-mark into sign. In
the Lari currency sign the two parallel lines crossed the Georgian
(Lasi) are the organic parts of the letter. The so called “leg” of
“LASI” represented by horizontal line is the necessary attribute of the
sign and adds monumental statics to the upper dynamic arc. The outline
of the letter-mark is transformed on purpose in the design in order to
simplify its perception and implementation as a Lari sign.
The author of the winner sign is an artist-ceramist by profession Malkhaz Shvelidze.
Lari Sign temporary commission named the co-authors of the winning concept: David
Birman, Alexander Sukiasov, Avtandil Sharvadze, Akaki Razmadze, Giorgi
Kurtanidze, Zurab Giorgadze, David Virabian, Giorgi Bokhua, Giorgi
Qoqrashvili, Kakhaber Kobidze, Lasha Danelia, Ivane Mgaloblishvili,
Gocha Chogovadze, David Beitrishvili, Tengiz Gogolashvili, Ilia Martashvili, Anatoli Giorgadze
Introduction of Lari sign will promote the popularization of national
currency both in Georgia and abroad. At the same time the popularity of
Lari sign will increase Lari awareness in the society and will have
positive effect on the image of Georgian national currency.
Usage of Lari symbol will make more practical to place Lari sign after
the Georgian money amount, both during the writing on the paper and
printing on the computer. Introduction of Lari sign will increase the
public trust in national currency.