On October 1, 2022, the National Bank of Kazakhstan issued a new circulation banknote in the denomination of 20,000 Kazakhstani tenges (KZT), the highest denomination of the country’s currency. The 20,000 KZT banknote joins the current family of the country’s “Kazakh Eli” Series, which includes denominations of 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000 tenge.  

Commemorative 20,000 tenges banknotes were issued in 2013 and 2021, but this is the first circulation note in the 20,000 tenge denomination.

The substrate of the new note is a composite of paper and polymer (Durasafe®), and the note measures 155 x 79mm.

Visual design of the new banknote

The banknote has the same design style as the banknotes currently in circulation.

The main difference between the new 2022 note and the earlier 2021 commemorative note of the same denomination is that the portrait of ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev has been replaced with the image of an eagle. The number ’30’ has also been replaced with the image of an eagle (SPARK® feature).

Below is a look at each side of the new banknote, with descriptions. 

Front side


The front side of the banknote features mostly vertical images. It depicts the state symbols and flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan; a yurt (traditional dwelling); doves in flight; Kazakh Eli monument; Mangilik El monumental arch; and a portion of the Kazakh national ornament Baskur. The number “30” denotes the years of Kazakhstan’s independence.

Back side

The reverse side of the banknote features horizontal images that include a panoramic view of Astana City and the Akorda Presidential Residence, and a map outline of Kazakhstan.

Security features of the new banknote

The 20,000 tenges banknote has 25 security features, some of which include the following:

Both sides:

  • Transparent window in the shape of the mythic bird “Samruk”

Front side:

  • RollingStar® LEAD holographic stripe including a holographic image of the face value
  • Raised intaglio print for the benefit of the partially sighted and the blind

Back side:

  • SPARK® Flow (the eagle)

The 20,000 tenge banknote is accepted as legal tender throughout the Republic of Kazakhstan for all types of transactions.  


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