Uzbekistan 200 So'm (KM-new) Tiger
I'm calling this a tiger, but it also resembles a lion and has been known as both. The image comes from the arch of the Sher-dor Madrasah, one of three madrasahs in the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand. It was built between 1619-1636, and the fantastic tiger/lion image has become a national symbol of Uzbekistan. It is worth a visit to the Wikipedia page to see images of the madrasahs and the beautiful mosaic artwork on their arches.
Many thanks to Maria for sending me this beautiful coin, and bringing Uzbekistan into the Coin Zoo!
- Diameter: 21.9 mm
- Composition: Nickel-clad steel