Caspian seal (Phoca caspica)

Date of issue: November 13, 2013. The coin is made in the shape of oval 38, 61 х 28, 81 mm

The Caspian seal (Pusa caspica) is one of the smallest members of the earless seal family and unique in that it is found exclusively in the brackish Caspian Sea. They can be found not only along the shorelines, but also on the many rocky islands and floating blocks of ice that dot the Caspian Sea. In winter, and cooler parts of the spring and autumn season, these marine mammals populate the Northern Caspian. As the ice melts in the warmer season, they can be found on the mouths of the Volga and Ural Rivers, as well as the southern latitudes of the Caspian where cooler waters can be found due to greater depth.

It is so-far unclear as to how these seals became isolated in the landlocked Caspian Sea. One of the most widely known hypotheses argues that the seals reached the Caspian during the Quaternary period from the north when continental ice sheets melted, and are descended from the ringed seal.

Caspian seal (Phoca caspica)
Obverse: stylized image of a floating seal and the sun; face value of coin "500 ТЕҢГЕ" at the top and a trademark of the Kazakhstan mint at the left side; an inscription «ҚАЗАҚСТАН ҰЛТТЫҚ БАНКІ» in Kazakh, metal, standard of coinage and weight «Ag 925 24 g» defining at the bottom along the circumference.
Reverse: the image of the Caspian seal with a calf among ice floes and a gilded image of the sun; name of the coin in Kazakh «КАСПИЙ ИТБАЛЫҒЫ» at the top along the circumference; and in Latin «PHOCA CASPICA»; year of issue«2013».
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