Barsbek – Kyrgyz people’s kagan
National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic
Sagimbaev Murat Kurmanbekovich
Description of obverse and reverse
The main element of the front side is the image of the Kyrgyz soldier dressed in a military armor, mounted on a horse. The soldier is a generalized image of the Kyrgyz kagan Barsbek, who contributed to formation and strengthening of the national identity. His numerous armies are on the background, and there is the cloud in the sky in the form of the head of a leopard - kagan allegorical image. All composition is framed by an inscription “Barsbek - Kyrgyz people’s kagan” and the fragment of a solar disk symbolizing the period of blossom and glory of Barsbek. The national emblem of the Kyrgyz Republic is on the reverse side in the center of the ornamental disks. Ornamental disks symbolize the sun and movement, are unifying elements for the front and reverse sides of the coin.
A brief annotation
Ajo Barsbek (ajo – the supreme governor, who headed the state) ruled the state of Kyrgyz people at the end of the VII century. Realizing the real force and influence of his state, made the important political act by accepting the highest title – kagan with a throne name Ynanchu Alp Bilge. By 709, Barsbek managed to create the powerful anti-Turkic coalition. This coalition comprised, beside the Kyrgyz kaganat, the Tan Empire and the Turgesh kaganat. The prominent leader of the Second Turkic kaganat Toniukuk characterized the situation as follows: “Kyrgyz kagan was our strongest enemy”.