Kazakhstan 50-TENGE (KM327) Snow Leopard
This 50-tenge coin is part of the Cities of Kazakhstan Series and commemorates Almaty. It was part of a gift from friend and Coin Zoo patron Maria, and here is her information on this beautiful coin:
The Snow leopard (Panthera uncia) is still sometimes found in some regions of Kazakhstan. This is a unique beast, which lives only in the rare, hard to reach areas. He became a national symbol of the Republic, and is also depicted on the emblem of Almaty. Due to the inaccessibility, its way of life is still holding many mysteries. The number of Snow leopards is catastrophically low. At present, all over the world hunting Snow leopards is prohibited.
In 1993, thanks to a wonderful artist Shaken Niyazbekova, author of the Kazakhstan flag, the leopard became the emblem of Alma-Ata. The uniqueness of this symbolic image is that the beast is shown without threatening posture and claws. It is a unique heraldic symbol, which embodies peacefulness. A flower in his teeth – is a symbol of prosperity of Kazakhstan and the city, which at that time was the capital of the state.
Thanks to Maria for gifting this coin!
- Diameter: 23 mm
- Composition: Copper-Nickel
- CAT#: KM327