The currency of Kazakhstan is the Tenge which is made up of 100 Tïın. Kazakhstan was one of the last countries of the former Soviet Union to introduce their own national currency following independence. The Tenge was introduced on 15th November 1993. Banknotes are available in 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10000 Tenge and coins are available in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Tenge. Tenge means "a set of scales" which is a cultural reference to equal balance.
The Tenge symbol was derived from a competition held by the National Bank of Kazakhstan. Over 30,000 entries were received and on 29th March 2007 the National Bank announced two designers as the winners who shared a cash prize of 1 million Tenge.
Prior to 1995 all printing of the Tenge was in the UK and coins were minted in Germany. The Tenge is now printed in Kazakhstan.
- tïın (100)
- 15 November 1993
- The National Bank of Kazakhstan