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  • 50 Afghanis 1993, KM# 1024, Afghanistan, Prehistoric Animals, Deinotherium
  • 50 Afghanis 1993, KM# 1024, Afghanistan, Prehistoric Animals, Deinotherium

The largest prehistoric animals include both vertebrates and invertebrates, described below with their typical size ranges. Due to the incompleteness of the fossil record, these species may not be the largest of their clade, and the sizes given are often estimates as no complete specimens have been found. Body mass estimates, in particular, are speculative because soft tissues rarely fossilized. Generally, the size of extinct species was influenced by energetic and biomechanical constraints.

The Democratic Republic of Afghanistan (DRA), later renamed the Republic of Afghanistan in 1987, was the official name of Afghanistan during the one-party rule of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) from 1978 to 1992. Throughout its existence, and particularly during the Soviet–Afghan War, the DRA depended significantly on support from the Soviet Union.


Depicts the coat of arms of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, the country name in English above, the denomination below.

The emblem of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan (1980-1987) features a rising sun positioned over a mihrab. It incorporates communist symbols such as the star, wheel, and Karl Marx's book 'Das Kapital'. Surrounding the emblem, a wreath of ears of grain is intertwined with the national flag, symbolizing unity and prosperity.



Depicts a long-tusked walking Deinotherium in a marshland raising its trunk, the date below right surrounded by the inscription above and its name below.

Deinotherium is an extinct genus of large, elephant-like proboscideans from the middle Miocene to the early Pleistocene. Although similar in appearance to modern elephants, Deinotherium had a more flexible neck, limbs suited for a cursorial lifestyle, and tusks that grew downward and curved back from the lower jaw, unlike the upper mandible tusks of contemporary elephants. This widespread genus ranged from East Africa to southern Europe and the Indian subcontinent. Deinotherium primarily browsed on leaves and likely went extinct due to environmental changes, such as the transition from forests to open grasslands during the late Neogene. They survived the longest in Africa, persisting into the early Pleistocene.



50 Afghanis

Democratic Republic
KM# 1024 Schön# 125
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Copper
Weight 30 g
Diameter 37.5 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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