An interesting new release from the Kyrgyz Republic represents the first in a new series of silver and copper-nickel coins dedicated to the historical and architectural monuments of Kyrgyzstan. The coins feature Saimaluu Tash, which is the site of the largest concentration of petroglyphs in Central Asia. Over 10,000 carved pictures have been identified so far at the site which date from 2000 BC up to the Middle Ages.
Pictured above is the silver version of the coin which features color versions of the petroglyphs depicting a sun man, mountain goat, and a bull carrying the sun disk. The color is used to realistically convey the images as found on the surface of the stones in bluish black. The reverse of the coin features an assortment of different petroglyphs against a frosted background and with the coast of arms of the Kyrgyz Republic above.
The silver coin is struck to proof quality in .925 purity with a weight of 28.28 grams and diameter of 38.6 mm. The mintage is indicated as 2,000 units.
The copper nickel version of the coin features the same design without colorization. These coins are indicated as “brilliant uncirculated” with a weight of 12 grams and diameter of 30 mm. The mintage is listed as 5,000 pieces.
My attention was drawn to the coins of the Kyrgyz Republic last year after they won a Coin of the Year Award for their coin featuring the route of the Great Silk Road. This latest issue similarly draws interest from a historical perspective and particularly the colored version seems like it would be intriguing to examine in hand.
Some example of both the silver and copper-nickel version can be found on eBay. Some specialized world coin dealers may also carry the coins.