Travel with us to Turkey as we look at a banknote from 2009. Turkey is in Western Asia bordering both the Black and Mediterranean Seas. However, Istanbul does straddle both Asia and Europe. Turkey is also where the legend of Santa Claus originated. The legend is based off St. Nicholas of Myra who was a monk around 300AD.

This week’s banknote is Turkey 5 Lirasi p222be BNB306e 2022. The 5 lirasi note has Turkish text, and is a paper banknote. On the front are images of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and a crescent and star. The back of the notes shows images of open hands, an atom, planets, Aydin Sayili, and a strand of DNA. The watermark is Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was the founding father of Turkey. Ataturk was a field marshal, author, and the first president of Turkey. As president, he made several reforms to industrialize and modernize Turkey. His political theories and policies are now known as Kemalisms, Ataturkisms, or Six Arrows. These principles of Kemalism include: Republicanism, Populism, Nationalism, Laicism, Statism, and Reformism. Ataturk served as president from 1923 until his death in 1938.

Aydin Sayili was a historian of science from Turkey. Sayili was given a state-supported scholarship by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk which allowed him to study at Harvard University. At Harvard, Sayili studied history of science, and wrote his PhD thesis on scientific institutions in the Islamic world. He worked as a professor at Ankara University, and was awarded with many achievements for his work with UNESCO and his work on Nicolaus Copernicus.

This 5 lirasi banknote displays Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, planets, DNA, and Aydin Sayili. The current price for this note is $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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Country: Turkey

Denomination: 5 Lirasi

Pick #: 222Be

Banknote Book #: 306Be

Grade: UNC

Year: 2022 (2009)

Other Info: Sign 71 – FO Prefix

Coloration: Beige/Pink/Blue

Depictions: President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk; Science Historian – Aydin Sayih; Planets; Atoms, Double Helix DNA chain

Note Size: 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2″

Continent: Asia and the Middle East

Watermark: President Ataturk