22nd December

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The coin behind door twenty-two is the Turkish 100,000 Lira.

The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira.

Turkey Coin - 22nd December

Turkish 100,00 Lira

Along with many European currencies, the ‘Lira’ comes from the ancient Roman unit of weight known as the ‘libra’.

The obverse of the Turkish 100,000 Lira features a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who was the founder of the Republic of Turkey, and the first president. In 1934 the Turkish government granted him the surname Atatürk which means “Father of the Turks“.

The reverse features the denomination with the half moon and star that features on the Turkish flag, and the number 75, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey.

In 2003 the Turkish Lira was redenominated by removing six zeros. The new currency was introduced in 2005, making this coin difficult to find as it is no longer in circulation.

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