Turkey Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Turkish Olympics

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Bimat

Turkey's first coin without Atatürk now in use

The Turkish mint has distributed the Republic's first coins not to feature Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's visage on either of its sides, daily Cumhuriyet reported.

The coins, a million of which are now in use, were made as souvenirs to mark the 10th anniversary of the Turkish Olympics, an event in which children from around the world come to Turkey to display their prowess in Turkish.

The use of coins has stirred a public debate as some citizens disliked the new arrangement, saying it was part of planned state propaganda to discredit modern Turkey's founder.

"It's unacceptable that these coins, supposedly made as souvenirs, are being used," one person told Cumhuriyet.

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It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -J. K. Rowling.

chrisild

On one hand I am tempted to reply "big deal". But considering the political situation in Turkey ... What is kind of strange indeed that last month two circulating 1 lira commems were issued, and neither of them shows Atatürk. This one commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Sayıştay (Court of Accounts), see http://www.sayistay.gov.tr/english_tca/eng.asp

Christian

chrisild

... and here is the "Turkish Olympics" coin. Both pieces have a maximum mintage of 1 million.

Christian

Bimat

Thanks for the images! Have never seen those, even on e-bay! :o Gotta get those..

Aditya
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -J. K. Rowling.

chrisild

What is really odd ... those two photos I copied from the website of the Turkish Mint. Wanted to post the link http://www.darphane.gov.tr/tr/products.php?parent_id=197&content_id=198 except that now I cannot find them any more. Hmm, fishy. Will try and find out whether they have actually been issued, or whether the controversy caused some kind of delay ...

(Edit) Here are the screenshots that I took when I went there earlier today:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1265378/scree1.jpg
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1265378/scree2.jpg

Christian

chrisild

Two more articles in Turkish that show the coins. The first one http://t24.com.tr/haber/darphane-onemli-olaylari-anmak-icin-hatira-para-basiyor/206414 has the two design drawings: the second one http://www.medyafaresi.com/haber/82204/guncel-1-liralardan-ataturk-cikarildi-mi-o-iddiaya-belgeli-yanit.html (which apparently criticizes the critical voices) has photos.

Christian

paisepagal

Just got these coins recently (thanks Adam!) ...they definititely do not disappoint!