The Virtual Museum was established to make the cultural heritage owned by the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey accessible to a broader audience by eliminating the constraints of physical limitations or distance. The Museum exhibits old and new banknotes, items that illustrate the Bank’s history, and a selection of the Bank’s rich art collection.

History of the CBRT

With a history of 87 years, the Central Bank is one of the oldest institutions of the Republic.

The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey was founded on 11 June 1930 and started to function on 3 October 1931 in Ankara.

Banknote Production Process

The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey is the only bank authorized to print banknotes in Turkey. The printing and circulation of banknotes are carried out by the Banknote Printing Plant and the Note Issue Department.

The History of Banknote Production

The first Ottoman banknotes were issued during the reign of Abdulmejid in 1840 under the name of "Kaime-i Nakdiye-i Mutebere”, i.e. “Paper Money", which were, in a sense, debt certificates bearing interest or Treasury bonds.

The History of Banknote Printing
Banknote Production Process

 

Banknotes of the
Republic of
Turkey

Kaime 

Banknotes of the Republic of Turkey