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Re: Kyrgyzstan: post-Soviet coinage
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2020, 06:19:59 PM »




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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« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2020, 06:22:03 PM »










A reminder of the kookor, as seen on the reverse of the som coins.
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Re: Kyrgyzstan: post-Soviet coinage
« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2020, 06:25:35 PM »
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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Re: Kyrgyzstan: post-Soviet coinage
« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2020, 06:28:35 PM »
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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« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2020, 07:01:52 PM »
Here we see an image of the coins side by side.
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« Reply #20 on: October 18, 2020, 02:57:41 AM »
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