In 2000 Tajikistan celebrated the 1100th anniversary of the Samani
dynasty. Saman-Khoda, the founder of the dynasty and the father of
Ismail Samani I (892-907) who extended the Samanid territory into
Tajikistan is pictured on the souvenir sheet issued to commemorate the
The map of Tajikistan shows the province of Leninobad (North
West) in pink, Khalton in white (South West), Muklatori in lavender (South
East). The blue area is governed from
the capital, Dushanbe, which is located behind the head of Ismail
The three-colored background are the colors of the state flag.
The president of Tajikistan, Emomali Rakhmanov, is also
pictured on the sheet. He is a non-Moslem who has associated himself
with Ismail I to gain the support of Sunni Moslems.