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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 10, March 5, 2006, Article 20

TURNMENISTAN'S PRESIDENT HONORS SELF WITH COINS

In the "I couldn't possibly make this stuff up if I tried"
department,  MosNews and other news outlets reported that:

"Turkmenistan's president, Saparmurat Niyazov, has celebrated
his 66th birthday by creating new gold and silver coins in
honor of his books."

"For his last birthday, Niyazov, also known as Turkmenbashi,
issued coins with his family tree on them.

Six new coins have books, one different book each, on one
side. On the other, resides the presidential emblem"

"The book, which is studied in schools and to which convicts
must swear their allegiance upon release from jail, provides
moral guidance, including respecting your elders, and giving
lots of jewelry to women. Last year, a copy was blasted into
space on a Russian rocket, inside a container bedecked with
the national flag. It is hoped that it will return to earth
in 150 years."

Perhaps 150 years is too soon.  
To read the complete article, see: Full Story

[So, is anyone familiar with these coins?  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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