The tenge is the official currency of Kazakhstan since 1993, when it replaced the Soviet ruble. The word tenge means “set of scales” in Kazakh and other Turkic languages. The official currency symbol: ₸. In 1993, the National Bank of Kazakhstan introduced coins in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 tiyin. In 1998, a second series was minted, which excluded tiyin, with 1 tenge being the smallest denomination. In 2002 the 200 tenge coin was introduced, replacing the note, and a 2 tenge coin was introduced in 2005. In 2019, the National Bank of Kazakhstan introduced a new 200 tenge coin.
The 1 Kazakhstani tenge coin front design features the National Coat of Arms (consists of Shanyrak (the dome-shaped upper part of a yurt), on a blue background that represents the sky and lines that allude to the rays of the radiant sun, the figure is enhanced with the mythical wings of a couple of Tulpar (horse winged in Turkish mythology). At the bottom is the country name in Kazakh, QAZAQSTAN) and the issue date. The reverse of the coin design presents the denomination flanked by a Kazakh design. This coin is part of the 1997 – 2016 series, its rim is plain, and its color is gold.
Text: Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan, 2005, 1 Tenge.