• 500 Lira 1988-1997, KM# 989, Turkey
  • 500 Lira 1988-1997, KM# 989, Turkey

Head of Atatürk left surrounded by the country name "Republic of Turkey".

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881–1938) was a Turkish army officer, revolutionary, and founder of the Republic of Turkey, serving as its first President from 1923 until his death in 1938. His surname, Atatürk (meaning "Father of the Turks"), was granted to him in 1934.



Value and date within a wreath of wheat stalk on left and olive sprig on right, star and crescent (right) above.

The star and crescent is an iconographic symbol used in various historical contexts but most well known today as a symbol of the former Ottoman Empire and, by popular extension, the Islamic world. The Republic of Turkey has no official national emblem, but the star and crescent (Turkish: ay-yıldız "crescent-star") design from the national flag is in use as de facto emblem, among other things printed on Turkish passports, on Turkish identity cards and diplomatic missions of Turkey.



500 Lira

KM# 989 Schön# 515
Material Aluminium Bronze
Weight 6.15 g
Diameter 24 mm
Thickness 1.85 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Turkish State Mint

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