Azerbaijani Manat
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Azerbaijani Manat
Azerbaijani manat
Az?rbaycan manat?  (Azerbaijani)
1 manat obv.jpg Azerbaijani qapiks.jpg
1 manat banknote obverseAzerbaijani manat coins
ISO 4217
PluralThe language(s) of this currency do(es) not have a morphological plural distinction.
Banknotes1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 manat
Coins1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50 q?pik
User(s) Azerbaijan
Central Bank of Azerbaijan
Inflation3% H1 2018

The manat (code: AZN ; symbol) is the currency of Azerbaijan. It is subdivided into 100 q?pik.

The Azerbaijani manat symbol, ? (Azeri manat symbol.svg), was assigned to Unicode U+20BC in 2013. A lowercase m can be used as a substitute for the manat symbol.


The word manat derived from the word "Moneta" (Latin Mon?ta) In Roman mythology, was a title given to two separate goddesses: the goddess of memory. The latter's name is a source of numerous words in English and the Roman languages, including the words "money" and "mint". Manat was also the designation of the Soviet ruble in both the Azerbaijani and Turkmen languages.

First manat, 1919-1923

The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic and its successor the Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic issued their own currency between 1919 and 1923. The currency was called the manat (?) in Azerbaijani and the ruble () in Russian, with the denominations written in both languages (and sometimes also in French) on the banknotes. The manat replaced the first Transcaucasian ruble at par and was replaced by the second Transcaucasian ruble after Azerbaijan became part of the Transcaucasian Soviet Federal Socialist Republic. No subdivisions were issued, and the currency only existed as banknotes.


The Democratic Republic issued notes in denominations of 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500 manat, whilst the Soviet Socialist Republic issued notes in denominations of 5; 100; 1,000; 5,000; 10,000; 25,000; 50,000; 100,000; 250,000; 1 million and 5 million manat.

Second manat, 1992-2006

The second manat was introduced on 15 August 1992.[1] It had the ISO 4217 code AZM and replaced the Soviet ruble at a rate of 10 rubles to 1 manat.

From early 2002 to early 2005, the exchange rate was fairly stable (varying within a band of 4770-4990 manat per US dollar). Starting in the spring of 2005 there was a slight but steady increase in the value of the manat against the US dollar; the reason most likely being the increased flow of petrodollars into the country, together with the generally high price of oil on the world market. At the end of 2005, one dollar was worth 4591 manat. Banknotes below 100 manat had effectively disappeared by 2005, as had the q?pik coins.


Q?pik coins of the second manat

Coins were issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20 and 50 q?pik, dated 1992 and 1993. Although brass and cupro-nickel were used for some of the 1992 issues, later issues were all in aluminium. These coins were rarely used in circulation.


The following banknotes were issued for this currency

  • 1, 5, 10, 250 manat (all first issued on 15 August 1992)
  • 50, 100, 500, 1000 manat (all first issued in early 1993)
  • 10,000 manat (first issued in August 1994)
  • 50,000 manat (first issued in May 1996)

Banknotes with denominations from 1 to 250 manat featured Baku's Maiden Tower.

Third manat, 2006

On 1 January 2006, a new manat (ISO 4217 code AZN, also called the "manat (national currency)") was introduced at a ratio of 1 new manat to 5,000 old manat. From 1 October 2005, prices were indicated both in new manat and in old manat to ease transition. Coins denominated in q?pik, which had not been used from 1993 onward due to inflation, were reintroduced with the re-denomination. The former manat (ISO code 4217 AZM) remained valid through 31 December 2006.[2]


The new banknotes and Azerbaijani Manat symbol, ?, were designed by Robert Kalina in 2006, and the symbol was added to Unicode (U+20BC) in 2013, after failed addition proposals between 2008 and 2011.[3] The final Azerbaijani Manat symbol design was inspired by the design of the Euro sign (EUR), based on an initial proposal by Mykyta Yevstifeyev,[4] and resembles a single-bar Euro sign rotated 90° clockwise. The manat symbol is displayed to the right of the amount.


Coins in circulation are 1, 3, 5, 10, 20 and 50 q?pik. Most coins closely resemble the size and shape of various euro coins. Most notably the bimetallic 50 q?pik (similar to the EUR2 coin) and the 10 q?pik (Spanish flower, like the 20 euro cent coin). Coins were first put into circulation during January 2006 and do not feature a mint year.

Image Value Technical parameters Description
Obverse Reverse Diameter Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse
1 Azerbaijani q?pik Obverse.jpg
1 Azerbaijani q?pik Reverse.jpg
1 q?pik 16.25 mm 2.8 g Copper-plated steel Plain Map of Azerbaijan, country name, value Traditional musical instruments, denomination left
3 Azerbaijani q?pik Obverse.jpg
3 Azerbaijani q?pik Reverse.jpg
3 q?pik 18 mm 3.45 g Smooth with a groove Books and quill, denomination above
5 Azerbaijani q?pik Obverse.jpg
5 Azerbaijani q?pik Reverse.jpg
5 q?pik 19.75 mm 4.85 g Reeded The Maiden Tower, denomination below
10 Azerbaijani q?pik Obverse.jpg
10 Azerbaijani q?pik Reverse.jpg
10 q?pik 22.25 mm 5.1 g Brass-plated steel Smooth with seven indentations Ancient military helmet of the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, denomination left
20 Azerbaijani q?pik Obverse.jpg
20 Azerbaijani q?pik Reverse.jpg
20 q?pik 24.25 mm 6.6 g Segmented reeding Spiral staircase, Geometry & Geometrical symbols, denomination left
50 Azerbaijani q?pik Obverse.jpg
50 Azerbaijani q?pik Reverse.jpg
50 q?pik 25.5 mm 7.7 g Bi-Metallic Brass plated Steel center in Stainless Steel ring Reeding over lettering (AZ?RBAYCAN RESPUBLIKASI) Two oil wells, denomination left


Banknotes in circulation are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 manat. They were designed by Austrian banknote designer Robert Kalina, who also designed the current banknotes of the euro and the Syrian Pound. The notes look quite similar to those of the euro and the choice of motifs was inspired by the euro banknotes.[]

In 2009 the Az?rbaycan Milli Bank? (National Bank of Azerbaijan) was renamed the Az?rbaycan Respublikas?n?n M?rk?zi Bank? (Central Bank of Azerbaijan). In 2010, the 1-manat banknote was issued with the new name of the issuing bank, in 2012 a 5-manat banknote was issued with the new name of the issuing bank and in 2017 a 100-manat banknote dated 2013 was issued with the new name of the issuing bank.

In 2011 Azerbaijan's Ministry of Finance announced it was considering to issue notes of 2 and 3 manat as well as notes with values larger than 100 manat.[5] In February 2013 the Central Bank of Azerbaijan announced it would not introduce larger denomination notes until at least 2014.[6]

In 2018, a 200-manat banknote was issued to commemorate Heydar Aliyev's 95th birthday.[7]

Image Value Dimensions Main Color Description Year
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse
1 Azerbaijani manat in 2005 Obverse.jpg
1 Azerbaijani manat in 2005 Reverse.jpg
1 ? 120 × 70 mm Grey Theme: Culture

Azerbaijani folk music instruments (daf, kamancheh, tar)

Ornaments of ancient Azerbaijani carpets 2005
1 Azerbaijani manat in 2017 Obverse.jpg
1 Azerbaijani manat in 2017 Reverse.jpg
2009, 2017
5 Azerbaijani manat in 2005 Obverse.jpg
5 Azerbaijani manat in 2005 Reverse.jpg
5 ? 127 × 70 mm Orange Theme: Writing and literature

Ancient writers, poets, and books from Azerbaijan, with a written excerpt of the national anthem and letters from the contemporary Azerbaijani alphabet

Rock drawings of Gobustan, samples of Old Turkic script 2005
5 Azerbaijani manat in 2017 Obverse.jpg
5 Azerbaijani manat in 2017 Reverse.jpg
2009, 2017
10 Azerbaijani manat in 2005 Obverse.jpg
10 Azerbaijani manat in 2005 Reverse.jpg
10 ? 134 × 70 mm Teal Theme: History

Old Baku, the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and the Maiden Tower against a background of the Icheri Sheher wall

Ornaments of ancient Azerbaijani carpets 2005
10 Azerbaijani manat 2018 Obverse.jpg
10 Azerbaijani manat 2018 Reverse.jpg
20 Azerbaijani manat in 2005 Obverse.jpg
20 Azerbaijani manat in 2005 Reverse.jpg
20 ? 141 × 70 mm Green Theme: Karabakh

Signs of power (a sword, a helmet and a shield)

Symbol of peace (harybulbul) 2005
50 Azerbaijani manat in 2005 Obverse.jpg
50 Azerbaijani manat in 2005 Reverse.jpg
50 ? 148 × 70 mm Yellow Theme: History and future

Youth, stairs (as a symbol of progress), the sun (as a symbol of force and light) and chemical and mathematical symbols (as signs of science)

Ornaments of ancient Azerbaijani carpets 2005
100 Azerbaijani manat in 2005 Obverse.jpg
100 Azerbaijani manat in 2005 Reverse.jpg
100 ? 155 × 70 mm Mauve Theme: Economy and development

Architectural symbols from antiquity up to today, the manat currency symbol (?) and symbols of economic growth

Ornaments of ancient Azerbaijani carpets 2005
100 Azerbaijani manat in 2013 Obverse.jpg
100 Azerbaijani manat in 2013 Reverse.jpg
200 Azerbaijani manat in 2018 Obverse.jpg
200 Azerbaijani manat in 2018 Reverse.jpg
200 ? 160 × 70 mm Blue Theme: Modern architecture

The Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku

Ornaments of ancient Azerbaijani carpets 2018

Exchange rates

  • Before Feb 2015: $1 = 0.8 AZN
  • Feb - Dec 2015: $1 = 1.05 AZN
  • Dec 2015 - Apr 2017: Free floating
  • May 2017 onwards: $1 = 1.7 AZN

See also


  1. ^ National Bank of Azerbaijan. "History of the National Bank of Azerbaijan". Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Currency codes". Interinstitutional style guide. European Union. 7 January 2014.
  3. ^ Aliyev, Rustam (Jun 18, 2013). "Azeri Manat symbol is coming to Unicode (U+20BC)".
  4. ^ Pentzlin, Karl (2013-06-10). "Proposal to add the currency sign for the Azerbaijani Manat to the UCS" (PDF) (PDF).
  5. ^ (17-11-2011). Available at
  6. ^ (26-02-2013). Available at
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-10-16. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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