Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: pomegranate as a symbol of the well-known movie “The Color of Pomegranate” dedicated to Sayat-Nova (directed by Sergey Parajanov). On the background - stringed instrument, book, quill, ornamental pattern and year of issue. On the upper left part - nominal value, and along the rim - inscriptions “CENTRAL BANK OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA” in Armenian and English.
Reverse: sculptural portrait of Sayat-Nova, ornamental patterns and vertical inscription “300 Sayat-Nova” in Armenian.
A brief annotation
Sayat-Nova (1712-1795) is a prominent Armenian poet and bard with charming voice. Around 200 songs by Sayat-Nova have been preserved with love as the prevailing theme there. He also wrote songs with exhortation touch.
As a musician, he sang while playing qamancha, an old string instrument. He was considered a king of bards in Transcaucasia and Iran. The image of Sayat-Nova is portrayed in numerous literary works, music, theater and cinematography.