ALMATY – On Dec. 3, commemorative gold and silver coins from the Oriental Calendar series called “The Year of the Horse” came into circulation in Kazakhstan.
This is the fourth pair of coins of proof quality from the Oriental Calendar series. The coins, which are 500 tenge [about US$3.25] each, are made in the form of a dodecahedron and have twelve sides. On the obverse of the coins are mythological symbols of constellations and the star map on the sky; on the reverse side is a horse, the symbol of 2014.
Five thousand silver coins of 925 purity and 3,000 of 999 purity high-carat gold coins have been issued. The Kazakhstan National Bank has said that the 500 tenge commemorative coins must be accepted at their nominal value throughout the country for all types of payments, as well as for crediting accounts, deposits, letters of credit and for transference. They are not limited for exchange in the country’s banks.
The commemorative coins are sold at collection cost, packed in gift boxes and provided with a numbered certificate of quality by the Kazakhstan National Bank in Kazakh, Russian and English.