Kazakhstan 50-TENGE 2013
Kazakhstan 50-TENGE 2013

Kazakhstan 50-TENGE 2013 Brandt's Hedgehog

Brandt's Hedgehog (Paraechinus hypomelas) is a desert dwelling hedgehog and the only hedgehog species found in Kazakhstan. This 25 cm long hedgehog (500-1,000 g) uses the "cuddling tactic" often, but still employs the "jumping attack". I'd like to see that.

Interestingly, this coin names the little beastie as Hemiechinus hypomelas, but as far as I can tell there is no such animal. The genus Hemiechinus has two species: Long-eared hedgehog (H. auritus) and Indian Long-eared Hedgehog (H. collaris). Apparently Brandt's Hedgehog is similar to long-eared hedgehogs.

The denomination "tenge" means "scale" in Kazakh.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 30.8 mm
  • Composition: Copper-Nickel

Obverse Legend

2013 50 ТЕҢГЕ ҚАЗАҚСТАН ҰЛТТЫҚ БАНКІ

Reverse Legend

ҚАРА КІРПІ HEMIECHINUS HYPOMELAS

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