Kyrgyzstani Som - KGS

DEFINITION of 'Kyrgyzstani Som - KGS'

The official currency of Kyrgyzstan, which is also called the Kyrgyz Republic. The multicolored paper notes come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 som and feature portraits of important people in the country's history. A fraction of a som - the functional equivalent of a U.S. cent - is a tiyin.

BREAKING DOWN 'Kyrgyzstani Som - KGS'

Located in Central Asia and bordered by China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan was a Soviet republic until 1991. It replaced the Soviet ruble with the som in 1993. This country of 5 million is the second poorest in Central Asia and is considered politically unstable. The economy is largely based on agriculture and industry, especially tobacco, cotton and gold.