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Turkey Turkiye Euro Pattern Set

Year of Issue - 2004

Presentation folder of Turkey Euro Pattern coins 2004. A pattern coin is a coin used for evaluating a proposed coin design or for a collectability factor, but is not legal tender.

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Turkey Turkiye Euro Pattern Set 2004

Limited Edition: Only 10,000 issued

Attractive illustrated Presentation Wallet with coins mounted in opaque capsules allowing viewing on both sides of coins.

No coin in this set has a legal tender value.

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Turkey Euro Pattern Design Concept

It is a fact that Turkey intends to join the European Union, and many in the EU want Turkey to become a member. This country has been a reliable member of the United Nations and NATO, and, despite the fact that most of Turkey is in Asia, there is a strong case for Turkey to join the EU. The purpose of these proposed coin designs is to show that if Turkey adopts the euro it can maintain a distinctive numismatic series, but one which complements those of the other European nations.

The 1 euro has a detailed portriat of Suleiman the Magnificent (1494-1566). Suleiman succeeded his father as Ottoman Sultan in 1512 and quickly built on naval strength to expand his empire. He conquered Iraq, Hungary and Albania and established Ottoman naval supremacy in the Mediterranean. He codified and institutionalised the classic structures of the Ottoman state and society, making his dominions into one of the great powers of Europe.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938) was the founder of the Turkish Republic and its first President. He stands as a towering figure of the 20th century and, following a series of victories against invading forces, he led his nation to full independence, putting an end to the antiquated Ottoman dynasty. In 1923 he established a new representative government in Turkey and as President until his death in 1938 he introduced sweeping reforms and modernised Turkey while fully preserving its traditions. His portrait, depicted on the important 2 euro coin, is based on a picture of Ataturk in formal dress, located near the Parliament building.

The church of mosque of Saint Sophia features on the 50, 20 and 10 cent patterns. It is one of the world's greatest and most distinctive buildings and was completed around 537AD altough the minaret towers were added in 1453. This monumental structure has a vast central nave, measuring 68.6 x 32.6 metres crowned by a ribbed dome of brick and stone. Lined with marble and glistening mosaics, the awesome building communicates much of they mystery and power of the Byzantine world.

The copper 5 cent, 2 cent and1 cent coins show a modern yacht sailing past the old Kiz Kalesi fortress. Kiz Kalesi, on the Mediterranean coast, dates from the Crusader times, and the design represents the fusion of the old and the new in modern Turkey.