Kazakhstan has recently released their latest coin in the “Red Book” series featuring endangered animals. The new release features the Felis manul or Pallas’s cat, which has also been seen this year on a release from Mongolia.
The Manul is a predatory mammal of the cat family, which is about the size of a domestic house cat. It has a stocky posture with long, dense fur and with ears are set low and wide apart. The animal is native to the steppe regions of Central Asia and inhabits Mongolia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kashmir, much of western China, the Transbaikal regions of Russia, as well as other areas in less frequency.
The obverse design of the coin contains a stylized image of the globe which shows the continents at left and various animals at right. The inscriptions include “National Bank of Kazakhstan in English as well as in state language.
On a reverse is a depiction of the Manul as it walks through tall grass. The Manul’s eyes have been enhanced with amber enamel. The inscriptions include “Felis Manul”, the date “2014”, and the precious metal weight and purity.
Each coin is struck in 92.5% pure silver to proof quality with a weight of 31.1 grams and diameter of 38.61 mm. The mintage is 3,000 pieces. A clad version with a denomination of 50 Tenge has also been produced with a higher mintage level.
Previous releases for this series can be viewed here on the National Bank of Kazakhstan website.