Thursday, November 30, 2006

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2006 - Altai Snowcock

New circulating commemorative:

"Altai Snowcock" (Tetraogallus Altaicus)

Images of this endangered bird:

Rarely seen within its narrow habitat in East Kazakstan Region, it inhabits only the alpine areas of the southern Altai mountains, including the Markokol Reserve. It is a resident bird, and overwinters in Kazakstan in flocks of 2 to 30 individuals. The population size in Kazakstan is unknown, but given the very small habitat it is most likely less than a few 100. To protect the Altai snowcock, it is essential to increase protective measures and to educate hunters and shepherds.

LINK: National Bank of Kazakhstan

Weight: 11.37 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Thickness: 2.00 mm
Edge: grooved with 10 sectors of corrugation
Mintage: 50,000

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