|Coin||Silver Three Ounces 2020 Vasudhara 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 Vasudhara Mandala coin is the fifth issue in the Archaeology and Symbolism series and takes the series to new ultra relief heights. The impossible has been made possible using the enhanced Smartminting technology and pops out the mandala. The coin has an antique finish and is struck on a 3 oz pure silver huge 65 mm blank in the highest quality.
Vasudhara is the Buddhist Bodhisattva of wealth, prosperity, and abundance with one face and six hands. Vasudhara holds various objects in her hands that are attributed to her. She is popular in many Buddhist countries and is often a subject in Buddhist legends and art. One of the earliest representations of Vasudhara is a Paubha (known as the Mandala of Vasudhara), a traditional religious painting on cotton made by the Newar people of Nepal and was used to help the practitioner meditate.
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 Mandala of Vasudhara, with Buddhist Vasudhala in the centre.
Around above and around below in the rim, the name VASUDHARA MANDALA. The date 2020 is also in the rim, divided by the central design.
||VASUDHARA MANDALA 2020
Finish: antique, smartminting (Ultra High Relief).
Packaging: in capsule and box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
NumisCollect Item ID: MN2002
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