PMG's Featured Note of the Month: Armenia 2,000 Dram

Posted on 7/19/2022

July 20 is International Chess Day, so here's a piece of currency that shows a grandmaster.

Armenia, Central Bank 2018 2,000 Dram (Pick# 62a) graded PMG 66 Gem Uncirculated EPQ
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Country: Armenia

Catalog Number: Pick# 62a

Date: 2018

Denomination: 2,000 Dram

Varieties: None

What makes it special? The front of the note shows Tigran Petrosian, a chess grandmaster from Soviet Armenia who popularized chess in his homeland. He was world chess champion from 1963 to 1969. The back of the note shows a landmark in Armenia's capital, Yerevan: the Tigran Petrosian Chess House, which serves as that nation's headquarters for chess.

Did you know? July 20 is International Chess Day, which celebrates the cerebral game that dates back centuries and is played by hundreds of millions of people today. That particular day was selected because the International Chess Federation was founded on July 20, 1924.

Total graded by PMG: PMG has graded 56 examples of Pick# 62a.

PMG median grade: PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ.

PMG highest graded: Two examples are graded PMG 70★ Gem Uncirculated EPQ.

Sales highlights: An example graded PMG 66 Gem Uncirculated EPQ sold for $35 through World Banknote Auctions in April 2021.

PMG Registry: This note is part of the Central Bank Of The Republic Of Armenia, Type Set, 1998-Date, P41-Date and the Armenia Complete, Type Set, 1919-Date, P1-Date categories. The latter category's second-place set, Armenia - 29371 by ryanvuong, has a PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ example.

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