New Turkish Lira

100 YTL - 100 New Turkish Lira
100 YTL - 100 New Turkish Lira
with Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's picture

Since the beginning of 2005 Turkey took out six zeros of its money and has introduced new bill notes. At 2004 you could buy a coke with 1.000.000,00 Turkish Lira, yes one thousand turkish lira ?!?! but now it cost you just 1,00 New Turkish Lira. When Turkish people received their salary they would feel like milioners… some people would earn millions... and think about buying a house, it would cost you billions or trillions… well to much zeros…

The old name of Turkish money was "Turkish Lira" (In turkish "turk lirasi" or TL) and now it was changed to "New Turkish Lira" YTL (In turkish "yeni turk lirasi" or YTL). Turks will use the new money bills for a year and then the government will take out the "new" word from the name converting back the name YTL to TL ( new turkish lira to turkish lira).

At 2004 people would not worry about keeping their change if they got some coins. Now turks might buy a pocket wallet for coins since new coins were also put into market and they are more valuable. Turks must also get used to the term "kurus" which means cents.
New Turkish Lira - coins
1 YTL - 1 New Turkish Lira coin
with Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's picture

The biggest bill there was in the market at 2004 was 20.000,00 TL but now the government has introduced the 50 YTL and 100 YTL bill. The new bills have the picture of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk ( the founder of the Turkish republic) at one side and at its verse the pictures of : Ishak Pasa Palace near Dogubayazit, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pire Reis Map, Ataturk mausoleum and Ataturk Dam at Sanliurfa. Coins are simple with a picture of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and the moon and star (from the Turkish flag).


20 YTL - 20 New Turkish Lira
100 YTL - 100 New Turkish Lira

with Efesus' picture

Central Bank has also started working on a revolutionary quality innovation after the transition to the New Turkish Lira. There are plans that Turkish people will meet "plastic (polymer) bills" instead of paper bills or in some paper bills after the year 2006. Plastic bank notes that can be washed with water will also erase the custom of attaching money with pins to the collars of bride and groom which is a cultural costume in Turkey. Because, although the wear out duration of the plastic bank notes are longer than the paper bills, they become useless if punched with pins.

The short wear out duration of the Turkish Lira has effected the putting on the agenda of the plastic bank notes. As the small amount paper bills wear out in six month and the large amount paper bills wear out in two years, it has been found out that the wear out duration of the plastic bank notes are four times longer than those of the paper ones. It has been reported that the possibility of staying restricted to the small amount bills is higher by the operation of transition to the plastic bank notes.

Australia, the leader of the world plastic banknote technology has produced the first plastic bank note in 1988. In 1966 money in circulation has been transformed to plastic. Mexico has joined the countries that use plastic money in the world in 2002. Cost of plastic money is 50 percent higher but is 4 - 5 times durable. Australia, China, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapur, Malesia and Thailand are among the countries that use plastic money in the world. Paper bank notes are worn away quickly once getting wet and it is easy to print the counterfeit. Plastic money can be washed. Australian money is made from non-permeable polymer. Specially developed coating is used on the money.
50 YTL - 50 New Turkish Lira
50 YTL - 50 New Turkish Lira

with Cappadocia's picture

Date: April 14th, 2005
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