Kazakhstan 50-TENGE (KM239) Dalmatian Pelican
The Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is a huge bird. It is the largest pelican species, and with a mean weight of 25 kg is the heaviest flying bird species. Of course it needs big wings to lift all that weight, and at 290 cm to 351 cm its wingspan is also among the largest, rivaling the great albatrosses.
The denomination "tenge" means "scale" in Kazakh. While the wildlife series is predominantly a collectors' issue, the copper-nickel coins like this one have been known to make it out into circulation.
This coin was previously listed as KM177. However, it seems to have been changed, and #177 actually refers to a larger silver 500 tenge coin with the same design.
- Diameter: 30.8 mm
- Composition: Copper-Nickel
- CAT#: KM239