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The hryvnia, sometimes hryvnya (Ukrainian: гривня, pronounced [ˈɦrɪu̯nʲɑ], approximately h'reew-naw, abbr.: грн (hrn in the Latin alphabet)); sign: , code: UAH), has been the national currency of Ukraine since 2 September 1996. The hryvnia is subdivided into 100 kopiyky. It is named after a measure of weight used in medieval Kievan Rus'.

Ukrainian hryvnia
українська гривня (in Ukrainian)
50 hryvnia 2004 front.jpg 50-kopiyok-Ukraine.JPG
50 hryvnias banknote50 kopiyok coin
ISO 4217
 1/100kopiyka (копійка)
Pluralhryvni (nom. pl.), hryven (gen. pl.)
 kopiyka (копійка)kopiyky (nom. pl.), kopiyok (gen. pl.)
Symbol or грн
Banknotes₴1, ₴2, ₴5, ₴10, ₴20, ₴50, ₴100, ₴200, ₴500
 Freq. used5, 10, 25, 50 kopiyok , ₴1, ₴2
 Rarely used1, 2 kopiyky
User(s) Ukraine (except Crimea)
Central bankNational Bank of Ukraine
PrinterNational Bank of Ukraine
MintNational Bank of Ukraine
Inflation6.9% (06.2016 y-o-y)[1]
 SourceNBU, 2016, June [2]




The currency of Kievan Rus' in the eleventh century was called grivna. The word is thought to derive from the Slavic griva; c.f. Ukrainian, Russian, Bulgarian, and Serbo-Croatian грива / griva, meaning "mane". It might have indicated something valuable worn around the neck, usually made of silver or gold; c.f. Bulgarian and Serbian grivna (гривна, "bracelet"). Later, the word was used to describe silver or gold ingots of a certain weight; c.f. Ukrainian hryvenyk (гривеник), Russian grivennik (гривенник, "10-kopek piece").

The modern Ukrainian hryvnia is sometimes transliterated as hryvna, hrivna, gryvna or grivna, due to its Russian language counterpart, гри́вна, pronounced grívna. However, the standard English name for the currency is hryvnia.[3]

The National Bank of Ukraine has recommended that a distinction be made between hryvnia and grívna in both historical and practical means.[citation needed]


The nominative plural of hryvnia is hryvni (Ukrainian: гривні), while the genitive plural is hryven’ (Ukrainian: гривень). In Ukrainian, the nominative plural form is used for numbers ending with 2, 3, or 4, as in dvi hryvni (дві гривні, "2 hryvni"), and the genitive plural is used for numbers ending with 5 to 9 and 0, for example sto hryven’ (сто гривень, "100 hryven’"); for numbers ending with 1 the nominative singular form is used, for example dvadciat’ odna hryvnia (двадцять одна гривня, "21 hryvnia"). An exception for this rule is numbers ending in 11, 12, 13 and 14 for which the genitive plural is also used, for example, dvanadciat’ hryven’ (дванадцять гривень, "12 hryven’"). The singular for the subdivision is копійка (kopiyka), the nominative plural is копійки (kopiyky) and the genitive is копійок (kopiyok).

Currency signEdit

The hryvnia sign is a cursive Ukrainian letter He (г), with a double horizontal stroke (₴), symbolizing stability, similar to that used in other currency symbols such as the yen (¥), euro (€) or Indian rupee (₹). The sign was encoded as U+20B4 in Unicode 4.1 and released in 2005.[4] It is now supported by most systems. In Ukraine, if the hryvnia sign is unavailable, the Cyrillic abbreviation "грн." is used.


1917. 100 karbovanets the Ukrainian National Republic. Revers. 3 languages: Ukrainian, Polish and Yiddish.

A currency called hryvna was used in Kievan Rus'. In 1917, after the Ukrainian National Republic declared independence from the Russian Empire, the name of the new Ukrainian currency became hryvnia, a revised version of the Kievan Rus' hryvna. The designer was Heorhiy Narbut.

The hryvnia replaced the karbovanets during the period 2–16 September 1996, at a rate of 1 hryvnia = 100,000 karbovantsiv.[5] The karbovanets was subject to hyperinflation in the early 1990s following the collapse of the USSR.

To a large extent, the introduction of hryvnia was secretive.[6] Hryvnia was introduced according to President's Decree dated 26 August 1996, published on August 29. During the transition period, September 2–16, both hryvnia and karbovanets were used in circulation, but merchants were required to give change only in hryvnias. All bank accounts were converted to hryvnia automatically. During the transition period, 97% of karbovanets were taken out of circulation, including 56% in the first 5 days of the currency reform.[6] After 16 September 1996, the remaining karbovanets were allowed to be exchanged to hryvnias in banks.

The hryvnia was introduced during the period when Victor Yushchenko was the chairman of National Bank of Ukraine. However, the first banknotes issued bore the signature of the previous National Bank chairman, Vadym Hetman, who resigned back in 1993, because the first notes had been printed as early as 1992 by the Canadian Bank Note Company, but it was decided to delay their circulation until the hyperinflation in Ukraine was brought under control.

On 18 March 2014, following its annexation by Russia, the new Republic of Crimea announced that the Ukrainian hryvina was to be dropped as the region's currency in April 2014.[7] The Russian rouble became an "official" currency in annexed Crimea on 21 March 2014.[8] Until 1 June 2014, the hryvnia could also be used for cash payments only.[8]

By contrast, the hryvnia remains the predominant currency in the conflicted raions of Donbass, i. e. in the secessionist areas of Donetsk and Lugansk.[9]


No coins were issued for the first hryvnia.

Coins were first struck in 1992 for the new currency but were not introduced until September 1996. Initially coins valued between 1 and 50 kopecks were issued. In March 1997, 1 hryvnia coins were added. Since 2004 several commemorative 1 hryvnia coins have been struck.

In October 2012 the National Bank of Ukraine announced that it is examining the possibility of withdrawing the 1- and 2-kopeck coins from circulation.[10] The coins had become too expensive to produce compared to their nominal value. Due to actual reports 1- and 2-kopek coins are not produced anymore since 2013, but will remain in circulation.

Also, on 26 October 2012, the National Bank of Ukraine announced it is considering the introduction of a 2-hryvnia coin.[11]

Per July 1, 2016, officially 12.4 billion coins with a face value of 1.4 billion UAH were in circulation.[12]

Coins of the Ukrainian Hryvnia (1992–present)[13]
Image Value Technical parameters Description Date of
Obverse Reverse Diameter Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse minting issue withdrawl
    1 kopiyka 16. mm 1.5 g Stainless steel Plain Value,
Ukrainian Trident 1992~present 2 September 1996 Current but not issued since 1 July 2018[14]
    2 kopiyky 17.30 mm 0.64 g (1992~1996)
1.8 g (2001-)
aluminium (1992–1996),
stainless steel (2001-)
Current but not issued since 1 July 2018[14]
    5 kopiyok 24 mm 4.3 g stainless steel Reeded Current but not issued since 1 July 2018[14]
    10 kopiyok 16.3 mm 1.7 g brass (1992–1996),
aluminium bronze (2001-)
    25 kopiyok 20.8 mm 2.9 g Reeded and plain sectors Current but not issued since 1 July 2018[14]
    50 kopiyok 23 mm 4.2 g Current
    1 hryvnia 26 mm 7.1 g (1995,1996)
6.9 g (2001-)
brass (1995,1996),
aluminium bronze (2001-)
Inscription: "ОДНА ГРИВНЯ", minted year 1995~present 12 March 1997 New design introduced in 2018
    1 hryvnia 18.9 mm 3.3 g Nickel-plated steel Reeded Coat of Arms
of Ukraine
Vladimir the Great 2018[14]
    2 hryvni 20.2 mm 4.0 g Yaroslav the Wise
    5 hryven 22.1 mm 5.2 g Segmented (Plain and Reeded edges) Bohdan Khmelnytsky planned
for 2019-2020[14]
    10 hryven 23.5 mm 6.4 g Reeded Ivan Mazepa


In 1996, the first series of hryvnia banknotes was introduced into circulation by the National Bank of Ukraine. They were dated 1992 and were in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 hryven'. The design of the banknotes was developed by Ukrainian artists Vasyl Lopata and Borys Maksymov.[15][16] One hryvnya banknotes were printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company in 1992. Two, five and ten hryvnya banknotes were printed two years later. Until introduction into circulation the banknotes were kept in Canada.[15]

Banknotes of the first series in denominations of 50 and 100 hryven also existed but were not introduced because this nominations were not needed in the economical crisis during the monetary reform of the mid-1990s.

Also in 1996, the 1, 50, and 100 hryvnia notes of the second series were introduced, with 1 hryvnia dated 1994. The banknotes were designed and printed by British De La Rue.[17] Since the opening of the Mint of the National Bank of Ukraine in cooperation with De La Rue in March 1994 all banknotes have been printed in Ukraine.[17]

Later, highest denominations were added. The 200 hryvnia notes of the second series were introduced in 2001, followed by the 500 hryvnia notes of the third series in 2006.

All hryvnia banknotes issued by the National Bank continue to be a legal tender. As of 2008, the banknotes of early series can rarely be found in circulation. Also, despite the devaluing of the currency since its introduction, all kopeck coins remain in circulation, as well as all low-value hryvnia bills, including 1 hryvnia.

As with the U.S. dollar, the 1 hryvnia bill is commonly used, and the 1 hryvnia coin is rarely seen. The 100 hryvnia denomination is quite common due to its moderately high value. Also common is the 200 hryvnia, as most Ukrainian ATMs dispense currency in this denomination, much as with the US$20 bill.

In 2016 the NBU paper factory started to produce banknote-paper with flax instead of cotton.[18]

Current seriesEdit

Denomination [1] and dimensions Image Main colour Obverse Reverse Date of issue
118 x 63 mm
    Yellow-blue Vladimir the Great (c. 958 – 1015), Prince of Novgorod and Grand Prince of Kiev
Ruler of Kievan Rus in (980–1015)
Vladimir I's Fortress Wall in Kiev 22 May 2006
118 x 63 mm
    Orange Yaroslav the Wise (c. 978 – 1054), Prince of Novgorod and Grand Prince of Kiev
Ruler of Kievan Rus in (1019–1054)
Saint Sophia's Cathedral in Kiev 24 September 2004
118 x 63 mm
    Blue Bohdan Khmelnytsky (c. 1595 – 1657), Hetman of Ukraine A church in the village of Subotiv 14 June 2004
124 x 66 mm
    Crimson Ivan Mazepa (1639–1709), Hetman of Ukraine The Holy Dormition Cathedral of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra 1 November 2004
130 x 69 mm
    Green Ivan Franko (1856–1916), poet and writer Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet 25 September 2018
136 x 72 mm
    Violet Mykhailo Hrushevskyi (1866–1934), historian and politician. The Tsentralna Rada building ("Teachers' House" in Kiev) 29 March 2004
142 x 75 mm
    Olive Taras Shevchenko (1814–1861), poet and artist Kiev National University 9 March 2015
148 x 75 mm
    Pink Lesia Ukrainka (1871–1913), poet and writer Entrance Tower of Lutsk Castle 28 May 2007
154 x 75 mm
    Brown Hryhorii Skovoroda (1722–1794), writer and composer Kiev Mohyla Academy 11 April 2016

Exchange ratesEdit

Official NBU exchange rate at moment of introduction: UAH 1.76/USD 1.[19]

Following the Asian financial crisis in 1998 the currency devaluated to UAH 5.6 = USD 1.00 in February 2000. Later, the exchange rate remained relatively stable at around 5.4 hryvnias for 1 US dollar and was fixed to 5.05 hryvnias for 1 US dollar from 21 April 2005 until 21 May 2008. In mid-October 2008 rapid devaluation began, in the course of a global financial crisis that hit Ukraine hard, with the hryvnia dropping 38.4% from UAH 4.85 for 1 US dollar on 23 September 2008 to UAH 7.88 for 1 US dollar on 19 December 2008.[20][21] After a period of instability, a new peg of 8 hryvnias per US dollar was established, and remained for several years. In 2012, the peg was changed to a managed float (much like that of the Chinese yuan) as the euro and other European countries' currencies weakened against the dollar due to the debt crisis in Greece, and the value in mid-2012 was about 8.14 UAH per dollar.

As from 7 February 2014, following political instability in Ukraine, the National Bank of Ukraine changed the hryvnia into a fluctuating/floating currency in an attempt to meet IMF requirements and to try to enforce a stable price for the currency in the Forex market.[22] In 2014 and 2015 the hryvnia lost about 70% of its value against the U.S. dollar.[21][23] After stabilization efforts by Ukrainian authorities in March 2015 1 US dollar was worth about 22 hryvnia.[21] Early February 2016 1 US dollar was worth about 26 hryvnia,[21] and then as of the end of 2017, nearly 28 hryvnia reaching an all-time low.[24]

Current UAH exchange rates

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Bank of Ukraine". Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  2. ^
  3. ^ ISO 4217 currency names and code elements
  4. ^ * Michael Everson's "Proposal to encode the HYRVNIA SIGN and CEDI SIGN in the UCS" (PDF). 23 April 2004. Retrieved 23 April 2004.
  5. ^ "National Bank of Ukraine". Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Volodymyr Matvienko. Autograph on Hryvnia" (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on December 31, 2008.
  7. ^ "Ukrainian hryvnia to be dropped in April: Crimean gov't official". CCTV News America. 18 March 2014. Archived from the original on 23 April 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  8. ^ a b Crimea enters the rouble zone, ITAR-TASS (1 June 2014)
  9. ^ "In theory, it is possible to pay with Ukrainian hryvnias, Russian rubles, US dollars, and euros in the DPR and the LPR. However, only the two former currencies are in common use. Their exchange rate has been fixed by the governments, and is 1:2 (one hryvnia is the equivalent of two rubles). However, there is a shortage of low denomination rubles, so the Ukrainian hryvnia is still the most popular means of payment."
  10. ^ RBK Ukraina (4 October 2012). Available at:
  11. ^ НБУ рассмотрит вопрос введения в обращение 2-гривневой монеты [RBK will consider the issuance of 2-hryvnia coin] (in Russian). RBK Ukraina. 26 October 2012. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014.
  12. ^
  13. ^ National Bank of Ukraine. Available at:
  14. ^ a b c d e f "Національний банк презентував нові обігові монети". Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  15. ^ a b Как появилась гривна [How hryvnia was born] (in Russian). Podrobnosti. 4 September 2006. Archived from the original on 13 March 2014.
  16. ^ "The man who designed Hryvnia". Zerkalo Nedeli (in Russian). Archived from the original on April 23, 2008.
  17. ^ a b "Hryvnia-Immigrant". Zerkalo Nedeli (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 2010-12-29.
  18. ^ "NBU Starts Printing Money from Flax – Незалежний АУДИТОР". Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Результати пошуку". Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  20. ^ National Bank of Ukraine, historical exchange rates
  21. ^ a b c d "US Dollar: CURRENCY:USD quotes & news – Google Finance". Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  22. ^ "7 лютого 2014 року Національний банк України вводить в обіг пам'ятну монету "Визволення Нікополя від фашистських загарбників"" [7 February 2014 the National Bank of Ukraine will issue commemorative coins "Nikopol Liberation from the Nazis"]. 7 February 2014. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014.
  23. ^ Ukraine teeters a few steps from chaos, BBC News (5 February 2016)
  24. ^ Currency Converter by OANDA. Retrieved as of 30 December 2017.


External linksEdit

Preceded by:
Currency of Kievan Rus'
11th century – 15th century
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Ukrainian karbovanets
Currency of Ukrainian People's Republic
1 March 1918 – April 1918
Succeeded by:
Ukrainian karbovanets
Reason: coup d'état
(on 29 April 1918)
Preceded by:
Ukrainian karbovanets
Reason: coup d'état
(on 14 December 1918)
Currency of Ukrainian People's Republic
December 1918 – November 1920
Succeeded by:
Soviet karbovanets
Reason: Soviet reintegration
Preceded by:
Ukrainian karbovanets
Reason: inflation
(on 2 September 1996)

Ratio: 1 hryvnia = 100,000 karbovanets
Currency of Ukraine
2 September 1996 –
Succeeded by: