Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2006 - December Events of 1986

New circulating commemorative:

"December Events of 1986"

In December 1986, mass demonstrations by young ethnic Kazakhs took place in Almaty to protest the methods of the communist system. Soviet troops suppressed the unrest, and dozens of demonstrators were jailed or killed. In the waning days of Soviet rule, discontent continued to grow and find expression under Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's policy of glasnost. Caught up in the groundswell of Soviet republics seeking greater autonomy, Kazakhstan declared its sovereignty as a republic within the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in October 1990. Following the August 1991 abortive coup attempt in Moscow and the subsequent dissolution of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan declared independence on December 16, 1991.

On the back side of the coin the monument "Dawn of Freedom", devoted to December Events of 1986 is depicted. This monument was placed in 2006 in the city of Almaty at the corner of Zheltoksan and Satpaiev streets:

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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