Armenia is located in the Caucasus mountains region and was formerly a part of the Soviet Union. The culture in Armenia is a blend of Western and Asian cultures due to Armenia being a part of the Silk Road. Armenia is home to several religious sites, some of which receive religious pilgrims. It is also home to some of the oldest churches and monasteries in the world.

The note we are looking at this week is Armenia 100 Dram p42 1998. The front of the note features Viktor Amazaspovich Ambartsumian with an image of the solar system behind him. While the back of the note shows Byurakan observatory and its telescope. The watermark is Armenia coat of arms pattern.

This note honors the Armenian astronomer and astrophysicist Viktor Amazaspovich Ambartsumian. Ambartsumian has several published theories, but is best known for his theories on the origin and evolution of stars and stellar systems. In 1946 he organized the construction of Byurakan Astronomical Observatory located on Mount Aragats, in the village Byurakan. Byurakan Observatory’s main telescope is a 2.6 m Cassegrain reflector, but it houses other smaller telescopes and cameras as well. Ambartsumian continued to head the Byurakan Observatory until 1988. He died August 12, 1996 at his home and was buried on the grounds of the Byurakan Observatory.

The watermark for this note is a pattern of the coat of arms. The national coat of arms of Armenia was adopted on April 19, 1992. The coat of arms consists of an eagle and a lion supporting a shield. It is a combination of both new and old symbols. Unlike several countries, the Armenian motto is not located on the coat of arms.

The 100 Dram is a delightful purple and blue note showing the brilliant astrophysicist Viktor Ambartsumian. The note also shows the Byurakan Observatory which he helped bring about, and a wonderful image of the solar system that he spent his life studying. This note is our current featured note and will be offered at a discounted price for a limited time.

Country: Armenia
Denomination: 100 Dram
Pick #: 42
Year: 1998
Grade: UNC
Coloration: Blue
Depictions: Victor Ambartsumian, Solar system; Byurakan Observatory on Mount Aragats, outline of telescope.
Note Size: 4 3/4″ x 2 1/2″
Continent: Asia and the Middle East
Watermark: Outline of coat of arms