Tuvan akşa

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The akşa was the currency of the Tuvan People's Republic (Tannu-Tuva) between 1934 and 1944. It was subdivided into 100 kɵpejek (cf. kopeck). Akşa in the Tuvan language (akça in many other Turkic languages) simply means "money".

Tuvan akşa
Banknote of the Tannu Tuva 1 akşa (obverse)
PluralThe language(s) of this currency do(es) not have a morphological plural distinction.
Banknotes1, 3, 5, 10, 25 akşa
Coins1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 kɵpejek
User(s)Tuvan People's Republic
Central bankCentral Bank of Tannu Tuva
This infobox shows the latest status before this currency was rendered obsolete.


Prior to the introduction of the akşa, Tuva issued overprinted Russian and Soviet banknotes. The first series (issued in 1924) was overprinted with denominations in lan, with the number of lan equal to the face value of the (otherwise obsolete) Russian notes. The second series (issued 1933) carried overprints on Soviet notes in rubles and chervonets.

Coins were issued in 1934 in denominations of 1-, 2, 3-, 5-, 10-, 15 and 20 kɵpejek, a Tuvanized name for the Russian kopeck, with banknotes issued in 1935 and 1940 in denominations of 1 to 25 akşa. The names kɵpejek and akşa are spelled in Jaꞑalif.


On the obverse of the coins - the name of the state (Tuvan: TЬBA ARAT RESPUBLIK) and the issuing bank (Tuvan: TЬBA SADЬƢ-YLETPYRNYꞐ BANKЬZЬ).

On the reverse - the nominal number and in words, the year of issue.

Image Currency
Material Diameter
Herd Year of issue
  1 bronze 14 1,4 smooth 1934
  2 18 2,1 1933 1934
  3 22 2,8 1933 1934
  5 25 5 ribbed 1934
  10 copper+nickel 17 1934
  15 20 1934
  20 22 1934


Image Face value
Front side Downside
    1 brown
    3 green
    5 blue
    10 red
    25 burgundy

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Preceded by:
Soviet ruble
Reason: independence
Ratio: at par
Currency of Tuva
1935 – 1944
Succeeded by:
Soviet ruble
Reason: annexation by the U.S.S.R.
Ratio: 1 akşa = 1 Soviet ruble