Armenia: post-Soviet coinage

Started by <k>, March 01, 2014, 05:57:30 PM

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Quote from: <k> on March 02, 2014, 07:55:00 PM
The obverse legend on the coins of 1994 apparently reads "Hayastan". That is the Armenian name for Armenia, so I read, which is interesting, because of all the other "-stans" in the region.

When I translate the longer obverse legend of the later coins, the result is only "republic", so the online translator is obviously not functioning correctly. Can anybody give a correct translation?

If you mean the legend on the 2003/4 series, the legend on top on the side with the arms is HAYASTANI HANRAPETUT'YUN - REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA. The legend below is the denomination in letters. Hayastan alone (on the earlier coins) means Armenia.

Armenian contains many loan words from the Turkic languages spoken in the countries around it. Stan is one of those. It is a general word for "place". It does not necessarily mean country. Registan (place of sand, market place) is a major tourist attraction in Samarqand; a square with historic buildings on three sides. Qaraqalpakstan (where Kipchak Turk is spoken by a group of people called Qaraqalpaks) is part of Uzbekistan.

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