This week we are taking a look at a banknote from Ukraine. Ukraine is located in Eastern Europe and is the second largest country in Europe. In December 1991, Ukraine was able to gain its independence after many years of successive control by other nations. Ukraine mainly consists of plains, but has mountainous regions around its borders.

The banknote for this week is Ukraine’s 5,000 Karbovantsiv p93b 1995. The paper note is pink, light blue and gray in color. It has Ukrainian text. The front of the note shows tryzub (trident) coat of arms, and a statue of Kyi, Schek, Khoryv, and Lybid in Navodnytsky Park. On the back of the note is Saint Sophia’s Cathedral in Kiev, and tryzub coat of arms. The watermark is parquet pattern.  

The statue of Kyi, Schek, Khoryv, and Lybid in Navodnytsky Park, Kiev was erected in 1982, and has become an icon for the city. The monument was created by Vasyl Borodai, and shows Kyi, Schek, Khoryv and Lybid standing in a ladya (ancient boat). Kyi, Schek and Khoryv, along with their sister Lybid, are believed to be the founders of Kiev. It is said that the four siblings came together to create a settlement that they named after the oldest brother Kyi.

Saint Sophia’s Cathedral was named after the Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople. The cathedral which consists of the main building, a bell tower and House of Metropolitan was founded in the 1011. It is located in Kiev and overlooks the bank of the Dnieper River. The cathedral is also known for its well-preserved interior that includes collections of mosaics and frescos. In 2011, the cathedral celebrated its 1000th anniversary, and is now a part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

This nicely detailed note depicts a statue in Navodnytsky Park and Saint Sophia’s Cathedral. The 5,000 Karbovantsiv banknote is currently priced at $3.00, but it is subject to change. To see more about this note or other notes like it, head to our website.

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After this blog-ette was posted, one of our customers sent us a photograph from his time traveling in Ukraine. With his permission, he has allowed us to share it. The photograph shows St. Sophia’s Cathedral which is also shown on the back of this banknote. Scroll to the bottom to see.

Country: Ukraine
Denomination: 5,000 Karbovantsiv
Pick #: 93b
Banknote Book #: 820b
Year: 1995
Grade: UNC
Coloration: Red
Depictions: Statue in Navodnytsky Park ; Cathedral of St. Sophia in Kiev
Note Size: 4″ x 2″
Continent: Europe
Watermark: Patten throughout note

Saint Sophia’s Cathedral