New five and ten Belarusian rubles have gone in circulation on 20 May 2019. The updated banknotes with the improved security features will replace old and worn out banknotes.
The design has changed as well.
The year of issue in the new banknotes is 2019 instead of 2009 in the previous version.
The images of the Belarusian landmarks – the Kamenets tower on the 5-ruble bill and Transfiguration Church in Polotsk on 10 rubles – have been updated to fit their present-day look.
The National Bank of Belarus announced the replacement of Belarusian ruble banknotes in September 2018. New 20 and 50 rubles will be issued in 2020.
The banknotes of the 2009 issue remain legal tender in Belarus.
At present there are seven 7 denominations of banknotes in circulation in Belarus – 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 rubles; and eight denominations of coins – 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 kopecks, as well as 1 and 2 Belarusian rubles.