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Mother Elephant And Her Calf
2009 1 Lirasi Legal Tender Limited Mintage Of 5000 Bimetallic Commemorative Coin Uncirculated
Great addition for your world commemorative coin and/or elephant collection!
Turkey issues an annual series of two bimetallic 1 Lira coins, each depicting an animal. The 2009 issues have a mintage of only 5000 of each coin.
This coin shows a mother elephant and her calf on one side; mother elephant is standing on grassland, facing left, with baby; woodland is in distance on left and right; two birds flying overhead; lettering is on left edge. A motif with denomination and “2009” with flowering plant either side, moon and star at top and lettering around outside are on the back.
Outer ring: 79% copper, 4% nickel, 17% zinc
Inner part: 65% copper, 18% nickel, 17% zinc
Edge is flat.
This 26.15 mm diameter coin is slightly larger than USA quarter (24.26 mm in diameter). This 26.15 mm diameter coin is larger than USA nickel (21.21 mm in diameter), USA penny (19.05 mm in diameter) and USA dime (17.91 mm in diameter).
In late December 2003, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey passed a law that allowed for the removal of six zeroes from the lira, and the creation of a new currency. It was introduced on 1 January 2005, replacing the previous lira (which remained valid in circulation until the end of 2005) at a rate of 1 second lira (ISO 4217 code “TRY”) = 1,000,000 first lira (ISO 4217 code “TRL”). With the revaluation of the Turkish lira, the Romanian leu (also revalued in July 2005) briefly became the world’s least valued currency unit.
In the transitional period between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2008, the second lira was officially called Yeni Türk Liras (New Turkish lira). It was officially abbreviated “YTL” and subdivided into 100 new kuru (yeni kuru). With effect from 1 January 2009, the “new” was removed from the second lira, its official name becoming just “lira” again, abbreviated “TL”.
Elephants are not native to Turkey but they are a good luck symbol there (as they are everywhere.) The Izmir Zoo in Turkey acquired their first elephant in 1955 when he was offered as a gift from the government of Pakistan. Pak Bahadur was born there eight years prior and kept as a single elephant in Turkey for 41 years until the arrival of Begumcan in 1996. The 59 year old elephant died in July 2007 during an operation on his foot and leg; he was considered Europe’s oldest male elephant.
The Izmir Zoo acquired a two year old Asian elephant in 1996 as a gift from India’s president, Kocheril Raman Narayanan. Named Begumcan, the animal became a companion for the zoo’s lone 50 year old bull, Pak Bahadur. After Bahadir’s death in 2007, the following year the zoo acquired another male, a young captive born animal from Israel, for Begumcan’s companionship.
Winner the elephant was born at the Ramat Gan Zoo in Israel in August 2002, the number 12 of 13 born to his sire Motek and dam Warda. In July 2008, the six year old animal was transferred to the Izmir Zoo to begin a breeding program with the institution’s single female elephant Beguman. Three months later, the pair was transferred to a larger and more natural exhibit at the Izmir Sasali Wildlife Park. The 15,000 square meter exhibit and 550 square meter indoor housing boasts only one of two locations housing elephants in the country.
For these reasons, Turkey decided to commemorate the elephant on this coin.
This listing is for one coin only – the elephant coin.
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This coin is a great addition to your coin or animal collection and is a great way to start a coin collection for your child or grandchild!
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