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AKIPRESS.COM - Mongolia has issued a pair of coins to commemorate the life of Fidel Castro and to mark his passing. Both show a portrait of the former President of Cuba in traditional fatigues and forage cap. Both have been produced by Lichtenstein’s Coin Invest Trust. Cuba’s revolutionary and political leader Fidel Castro died on Nov. 25, 2016.
The Mongolian images of "El Comandante" have been struck as gold and silver 1,000-togrog coins, reports news.mn.
Coin enthusiasts, may be interested in the following numismatic details:
A 38.61 mm, 1 oz .999 fine silver 1,000 togrog proof has been struck using CIT’s smartminting© to give a high relief finish. This has been augmented with a hint of color to accentuate facial features and darken shadows.
A 13.92 mm, 0.5 g .9999 fine gold 1,000 togrog proof has been produced employing CIT’s Big Gold Minting©. This has seen the diameter of the coin increase from the usual 11 mm (for 0.5 g gold) to 13.92 mm while retaining relief height and detail.
Mintages are 1,000 and 5,000, respectively.
Many older Mongolians, remember, often with nostalgia, the days when Cuba was a close ally and the two countries shared a common ideology and ties of genuine friendship. Today, some of the legacy of Fidel Castro is still highly praised internationally, in particular Cuba's health care system.