On the banknote front side there is a portrait of Hryhorii Skovoroda.
Hryhorii Skovoroda (1722-1794). An outstanding Ukrainian philosopher, poet, writer, enlightener, pedagogue and musician. He epitomized the spiritual awakening of the Ukrainian society in the end of the XVIIIth century.
On the banknote back side there is the image of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy.
Kyiv Mohyla Academy – the first higher education school in Ukraine founded in 1632; the largest centre of general education in the XVII-XVIIIth centuries. It trained teachers for Slavo-Greek-Latin academies, clerical educators and theological seminary teachers. H. Skovoroda was among the most famous alumni of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy.
The banknote is printed on special tinted paper of beige color, which is the dominant color of the images on the banknote.
The paper contains a local multi-tone watermark, light watermark element, security threads and security fibers.
1. Watermarks (visible when the banknote is held up to the light): a multi-tone watermark is a repeated Hryhorii Skovoroda’s portrait formed by the paper internal texture in different tones; light watermark element represents denomination figures (placed vertical in the lower right part of the multi-tone watermark).
2. SPARK element is the optically-variable image of an open book with the kinematic effect. When the banknote is tilted, some areas of the image will gradually change the color from green to blue.
3. Security thread - the polymer strip fully embedded in the paper, with the images of “500 ГРН”, the trident and underlined numerals “500” indicating the denomination, which are visible (normal and reverse images) through the magnifying glass.
4. Window security thread is a dark grey thread partially embedded in the paper with the pronounced kinematic effect. There are images of the figures indicating denomination and hryvnia currency symbol on the thread. When the banknote is tilted, the background image moves in the opposite direction.
5. Latent image (numerical indication of denomination): When the banknote is held at a sharp angle to the light at eye level, the denomination numerals become visible and are dark against light background if looked at from the long side or light against dark background if looked at from the short side.
6. Relief images are graphic images on the banknote front which as a result of raised printing feel rough to the touch: the sign for the partially sighted, fragment of the portrait, inscriptions and images.
7. See-through element - the image of the denomination numerals that supplement each other and form the full image when the banknote is held up to the light.
8. Orloff printing - special printing ensuring the abrupt transition of one color into another without ruptures and displacements of the image elements.
9. Rainbow printing - special printing ensuring the gradual transition of one color into another without ruptures and displacements of the image elements.
10. Microtext - repeated inscriptions that can be read only with magnifying glass.
11. The serial numbers are printed in letterpress printing: horizontally in the red ink and vertically (with the changing height of the figures) in the black ink.
12. Copy-evident pattern - thin lines of different geometric shapes that form a moire pattern when copied or scanned.