• 20 Tenge 1993, KM# 11, Kazakhstan, Al-Farabi
  • 20 Tenge 1993, KM# 11, Kazakhstan, Al-Farabi

National emblem, value below, surrounded by the inscriptions "Kazakhstan" and "National Bank of Kazakhstan".

The emblem of Kazakhstan was adopted on June 4, 1992. The emblem is an image of shanyrak, the upper dome-like portion of a yurt, against a sky blue background which irradiates (in the form of sun rays) uyks (supports) set off by wings of mythical horses, inspired by Tulpar. The circle shape of the Emblem is a symbol of a life and eternity. The shanyrak symbolizes well-being of family, peace and calmness. The name of the country in Kazakh is in the lower part of the coat of arms.

A traditional yurt is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure comprises an angled assembly or latticework of pieces of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles, rafters), and a wheel (crown, compression ring) possibly steam-bent. The roof structure is often self-supporting, but large yurts may have interior posts supporting the crown.

Tulpar is a winged or swift horse in Turkic mythology (for example, Kazakh and Tatar mythology), corresponding to Pegasus. Tulpar is also in state emblems of Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Bashkortostan.



Turbaned portrait of Al-Farabi, head 1/4 right within circle, surrounded by the inscription "Republic of Kazakhstan", date below.

Al-Farabi (Abū Naṣr Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad Al Fārābī; known in the West as Alpharabius; c. 872–950/1), was a renowned philosopher and jurist who wrote in the fields of political philosophy, metaphysics, ethics and logic. He was also a scientist, cosmologist, mathematician and music scholar.

In Arabic philosophical tradition, he is known with the honorific "the Second Master", after Aristotle. He is credited with preserving the original Greek texts during the Middle Ages because of his commentaries and treatises, and influencing many prominent philosophers, like Avicenna and Maimonides. Through his works, he became well-known in the East as well as the West.



20 Tenge


KM# 11
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Cupronickel
Weight 10.9 g
Diameter 31.1 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Kazakhstan Mint

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