The Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran (CBI) put two new banknotes into circulation on 13 July 2022. The 10,000-Rial and 20,000-Rial notes are the latest in a series being issued during the country’s transition from the currency name Rial to the future name: Tomana. The first banknote in this interim series, the 50,000-Rial note, was put into circulation early last year.

During a multi-year period of currency reform, Iran will issue interim banknotes, each with a dual denomination of Iranian rials (with phantom numbers) and tomancers. For all notes of the interim series, the conversion rate is 10,000 rials = 1 toman.

A closer look at the new notes

Both new notes are printed on paper (cotton) that is treated with a protective varnish. Each note measures 156 x 71 mm.

10,000-Rial note: Design and security features

The front side of this note features images of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and birds. All text is in Farsi. The back side of the note depicts the Tomb of Ibn Sina (Avicenna) in Hamedan; the text is in both English and Farsi.


Front Side

Back Side

Security features on this note include the following:

  • Watermark: Ruhollah Khomeini and electrotype 1.
  • The denomination appears as a puzzle number (registration device).
  • Micro-printing.

Front side:

  • Intaglio printing (portrait of Ruhollah Khomeini, the phrase “The Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran” in Persian, and the denomination value).
  • 5-mm windowed security thread with demetalized CBI; the thread appears in seven colors when tilted.
  • The black serial numbers appear yellow under UV light.

Back side:

  • Invisible fluorescent fibers embedded in the paper appear blue, red, green, and yellow under UV light.
  • 3D linear design (medallion).

20,000-Rial note: Design and security features

A portrait of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini appears on the front side. All text on the front is in Farsi.

The back side depicts the Mausoleum of Poets in Tabriz; text is in both English and Farsi.


Front Side

Back Side

Security features on this note include the following:

  • The denomination appears as a puzzle number (registration device).
  • Watermark: Ruhollah Khomeini and electrotype 2.
  • Micro-printing.

Front side:

  • Intaglio printing (portrait of Ayatollah Khomeini, bank name in Persian, and numeric denomination).
  • Blue serial numbers appear turquoise under UV light.

Back side:

  • Invisible fluorescent fibers embedded in the paper appear blue, red, green, and yellow under UV light.
  • 3D linear design (medallion).

Sources/References:

Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran

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