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The Rub el Hizb is an Islamic symbol in the shape of an octagram, represented as two overlapping squares, which is found on a number of emblems and flags.



Azerbaijan, 20 qapik, 1993.  The 8-pointed star is also said to refer to the eight branches of the Turkic peoples.





It also appeared on the Azeri 5 and 10 qapik coins of 1993.





The star appeared on the early coins of Kazakhstan.





Another Kazakh coin. A small star appears at the top.  See: Kazakhstan: post-Soviet coinage.





Kazakhstan, 100 tenge.





Uzbekistan, 20 tiyin, 1994.
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Re: Common motifs on the post-Soviet coins of Central Asia and the Caucasus
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2020, 01:27:56 PM »
Elaborate angular geometric shapes are also found on the coins of the region, especially around the inner rim of the coins.





Azerbaijan, 50 qapik coin, 1993.





Kazakhstan, 10 tiyin, 1993.  Notice the semi-triangular shapes around the inner rim.





Kazakhstan, 1 tenge, 1993.





Turkmenistan, 2 manat coin, 2010.  Here you see some semi-triangular shapes again.





Turkmenistan 2009/2010 set.
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Re: Common motifs on the post-Soviet coins of Central Asia and the Caucasus
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2020, 01:34:19 PM »
Then you get the elaborately curved and rounded shapes.





Tajikistan, 25 diram, 2001.





Tajikistan, 1 somoni, 2019.





Tajikistan, 1 somoni, 2001.
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Re: Common motifs on the post-Soviet coins of Central Asia and the Caucasus
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2020, 01:51:34 PM »
Then there are the arabesque motifs that appear around the inner rim or at the sides of the main designs.





Azerbaijan. Look at the top of the design on the 10 qapik coin.





Azerbaijan. Look at the 1 and 5 qapik coins.





Kazakhstan, 10 tenge, 1993.  The curly patterns at the side are loosely based on plant or flower parts, I believe.





Kazakhstan, 5 tenge, 2002.





Kazakhstan, 10 tenge, 2012.





Kazakhstan, 100 tenge, 2005.





Kazakhstan, 200 tenge, 2020.





Kyrgyzstan, 10 tiyin, 2008.





Tajikistan, 50 diram, 2011.  A nice arabesque.





Tajikistan, 1 somoni, 2011.  Another nice arabesque.





Tajikistan, 5 diram, 2019.





Uzbekistan set of 2018 set.  Look at the motifs on the 50 and 500 som coins.











Turkmenistan, 1, 5, 10 and 20 tenge, 1993.
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Re: Common motifs on the post-Soviet coins of Central Asia and the Caucasus
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2020, 01:55:20 PM »


Kazakhstan, 10 tenge, 1993.





Kazakhstan, 3 tenge, 1993.

Who knows what these little spirals represent?
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Re: Common motifs on the post-Soviet coins of Central Asia and the Caucasus
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2020, 02:10:44 PM »
Some of the types of symbols here are seen on coins of other parts of the world.







Syria.





Jordan.









Morocco.





Saudi Arabia.
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