Kyrgyzstan: post-Soviet coinage

Started by <k>, October 16, 2020, 09:49:41 PM

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The object seen on the reverse of the som coins is a kookor.

From Wikipedia:

The kookor is used to store and carry the traditional drink of mare's milk, known as kumys or kumyz. The kookor is a leather bottle with a long neck rising from a wide base, and two horns spreading out to the sides. The kookor is a traditional motif of the Kyrgyz and is seen in many examples of art and craftwork.
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A reminder of the kookor, as seen on the reverse of the som coins.
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<k>

Within the kookor, we see another shape, known as the tumar.

The tumar is an amulet that is used to ward off evil. Here is one description I have found:

The TUMAR is a triangular-shaped amulet made ​​of leather or felt, worn on the chest to protect the owner against evil.

However, other descriptions state that the tumar is in fact a form of jewellery, as seen below. Both examples below are from the late 19th or early 20th century.











On the coins, the tumar is seen the other way up. I do not which is the correct way, if any.
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<k>

Since 2009, Kyrgyzstan has issued no new coins. I do not know why. Perhaps inflation is high and they now use only banknotes?

I must admit that I prefer the spelling of 'Kirgistan' for the country, which is used by the Germans. Two 'y's, and a 'z' before the 's,' make the English spelling somewhat tricky to remember.
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<k>

Here we see an image of the coins side by side.
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mkm1968

maybe someone will be interested - the first pennies (tiins) after secession from the USSR in 1993 were paper ...

<k>

This eagle is an important symbol, then, appearing on both the coins and early banknotes.
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Figleaf

Indeed. It is part of the national emblem. The eagle is used on the modern coins of a number of Arabic countries. It is a popular hunting bird.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.