Republic of Uzbekistan, 10 Som 2001

Like other former republics of the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan continued to use the ruble after its independence from Russia. Only in 1993 did Uzbekistan introduce the som as a parallel currency. The name means 'pure,' and harks back to the golden solidus of the ancient Roman Empire. Because it was meant as a transitional currency, this first som was only issued as paper money and without any subdivisions. It was at par with the Russian ruble. In 1994, a new som was introduced, which was detached form the ruble and divided into 100 tiyin.