DescriptionUzbekistan Set of Eight One Ounce Silver "Outstanding Personalities" Proof Coins in Presentation Case, Originally from the Personal Collection of Buzz Aldrin. A very rare and beautiful set of eight 38mm diameter 100 So'm denomination coins, each dated 1999 and containing 31.1 grams of .9999 fine silver mined in Uzbekistan. The obverses bear the words "Buyuk Syimolar" at top along with portraits, names, and years of eight important scientists and statesman from the history of this area: Abu Rayhon Beruniy, Abu Ali Ibn Sino, Muso Al-Xorazmiy, Ahmad Al-Farg'oniy, Amir Temur, Mirzo Ulug'bek, Alisher Navoiy, and Bobur. The reverses are identical with "O'bekiston Respublikasi" above the coat-of-arms and the denomination, year, weight, fineness, and mint mark below. Each coin is in a clear container and they are all housed in a handsome polished wood box, 11.75" x 7.75" x 1.5" with the coat of arms applied. This set was very likely presented in-person to Aldrin in 2009 by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, representative of Uzbekistan, at the International Astronomy Conference held in Paris, a tribute to the Uzbek astronomer Mirzo Ulug'bek (see above). Beautiful as-issued condition.
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