(, Gen. plural: рублёў) is the currency
. The symbol for the ruble is Br
and the ISO 4217
code is BYR
First ruble, 1992–2000
The breakup of supply chain in the former Soviet enterprises demanded that goods be bought and sold on the market, often requiring cash settlement. The Belarusian unit of the USSR State Bank did not have capacity nor the license to print Soviet banknotes, hence the government decided to introduce their own national currency to ease up the situation with cash.From the collapse of the Soviet Union until May 1992, the Soviet ruble
circulated in Belarus alongside with the Belarusian ruble. New Russian
banknotes also circulated in Belarus but they were replaced by notes issued by the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus
in May 1992. The first post-Soviet Belarusian ruble was assigned the ISO code BYB
and replaced the Soviet currency at the rate of 1 Belarusian ruble = 10 Soviet rubles. It took about two years before the ruble became the official currency of the country.
Second ruble, 2000-
In 2000, a second ruble was introduced (ISO code BYR
), replacing the first at a rate of 1 new ruble = 1000 old rublei. This was redenomination
with 3 zeros chopped off. Only banknotes have been issued, with the only coins issued being commemoratives for collectors.
Monetary integration with...