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In 1993, coins were introduced in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 tenge. The 1, 5 and 10 tenge were struck in copper-plated-steel, with the higher denominations in nickel-plated-steel. This first series of coins was short lived as their metal value soon became worth more than their actual face value. After a period of high inflation, new coins of 500 and 1,000 manat were introduced in 1999. All coins of this period had to depict a picture of the president by law.
Depicts a portrait (profile, left) of Saparmurat Niyazov, surrounded by the inscription "Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov".
Value within an ornate circle.