|Coin||Silver Three Ounces 2019 Kalachakra Mandala|
The currency of Mongolia since 1925 has been the tögrög, which currently circulates mostly as banknotes due to the low value of earlier coins and the reluctance of the government to issue large denomination coins; however, the government has authorises many non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) coins to be issued for collector's purposes.
Collector coins are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes and are often not related to the country itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes, including the large three ounces of silver format.
The Mint says about this coin:
The Kalachakra Mandala coin is the second issue in the Archaeology and Symbolism series and takes the series to ultra relief heights. The impossible has been made possible using the enhanced smartminting technology and brings the Kalachakra Mandala to life.
The Kalachakra mandala is one of the most eye-catching thangka paintings. It is appreciated for the symbolic elements that compose it and the visual representation of essential teachings of traditional Tibetan Buddhism. The Mandala of Kalachakra is visualised in the practitioner’s mind as a three-dimensional palace. However, it also exists in the physical world. A temple situated in Lhasa is a perfect three-dimensional reproduction of the painting. The temple itself contains 722 Deities; in its centre atop a golden lotus throne is a single Buddha: Kalachakra.
The obverse of the coin depicts the logo of Mongolbank (the Bank of Mongolia), which is formed as a round coin on a lotus bouquet associated with purity, delicacy and stability. Three fire flames and a blooming flower are located inside the coin. The figure symbolises eternal development and youth and the three flames represent the main national treasures. At the nominal value location the Soyombo symbol is positioned, representative of the Mongol ethnicity. There is a variation from the official logo: the name of the Central Bank of Mongolia is written below the figure as MongolBank in Latin script, and not as МонголБанк in Cyrillic which is the official script of the Mongolian language and the way the name is normally written on the logo.
On the the two sides of the logo, vertically, the inscription Mongol Uls in the traditional Mongolian script.
Below the logo, on two lines the face value: 2000 TӨГРӨГ (two thousand Tögrög, alternatively spelled Tugrik).
Around below, the name of the issuing country and the metal content: MONGOLIA 3oz .999 SILVER (three troy ounces of 99.9% silver).
The circle containing the logo and inscriptions is small, and is surrounded by a series of thin concentric lines.
The reverse of the coin depicts the Kalachakra Mandala of Vasudhara, with many details in Ultra High Relief.
Around above and around below in the rim, the name KALACHACKRA MANDALA. The date 2019 is also in the rim, divided by the central design.
||KALACHACKRA MANDALA 2019
Finish: antique, smartminting (Ultra High Relief).
Packaging: in capsule and box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
NumisCollect Item ID: MN1901
CIT Item ID: 28853
Coins in the Archaeology and Symbolism series include:
- 3 oz Silver, Cook Islands, Aztec Calendar Stone 2018
- 3 oz Silver, Mongolia, Kalachakra Mandala 2019
- 3 oz Silver, Cook Islands, Samsara Wheel of Life 2019
- 3 oz Silver, Cook Islands, Dendera Zodiac Egypt 2020
- 3 oz Silver, Mongolia, Vasudhara Mandala 2020
- 3 oz Silver, Cook Islands, Aztec Coyolxauhqui Stone 2021