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Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark
The seven Noah's Ark coins.
General information

Flag of Armenia Armenia

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  • 100.00 drams
  • 200.00 drams
  • 500.00 drams
  • 1000.00 drams
  • 5000.00 drams
  • 10,000.00 drams
  • 20,000.00 drams


Measurements and composition
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  • 20.18 mm (100 drams)
  • 27.66 mm (200 drams)
  • 38.5 mm (500 drams)
  • 60.15 mm (1000 drams)
  • 75.5 mm (5000 drams)
  • 100 mm (10,000 drams)
  • 149.62 mm (20,000 drams)







Coat of arms of Armenia, state title, value, year[2]


Noah's Ark, dove with olive branch, Mount Ararat[2]

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Noah's Ark is a series of Armenian bullion coins produced by Geiger Edelmetalle GmbH, first introduced on June 27, 2011. Currently, the coins come in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000, and 20,000 dram.[1][2]


The coins, designed by Armenian artist, Eduard Kurghinyan, commemorate Noah's Ark, which came to rest on the Mountains of Ararat after the Great Flood, according to Genesis 8:4 in the Bible and the Torah. Each denomination of the coin is composed of .999 fine silver. Depicted on the obverse of the coins is the Armenian coat of arms, with the value (as "ԴՐԱՄ·DRAM"), the year of minting, the coin's silver purity, and the number of troy ounces of silver that make up the coin. Surrounding all this is the state title of Armenia (Armenian: ՀԱՅԱՍՏԱՆԻ ՀԱՆՐԱՊԵՏՈՒԹՅԱՆ; English: REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA). On the reverse was a rendition of Noah's Ark and a dove holding an olive branch, with Mount Ararat in the background. Circling this image is an inscription in Armenian reading, "ՆՈՅՅԱՆ ՏԱՊԱՆ", and one in English reading, "NOAH'S ARK".[2]

On June 27, 2011, Noah's Ark coins were minted in denominations of 100, 200, and 500 drams. About six months later, on January 10, 2012, larger denomination coins of 1000, 5000, 10,000, and 20,000 dram were introduced.[1]

Noah's Ark coins
Image Value Mass Diameter Mintage Introduced
Noah's Ark 100 dram 100 dram ¼ oz 20.18 mm up to 2,000,000 2011
Noah's Ark 200 dram 200 dram ½ oz 27.66 mm up to 2,000,000 2011
Noah's Ark 500 dram 500 dram 1 oz 38.5 mm up to 8,000,000 2011
Noah's Ark 1000 dram 1000 dram 5 oz 60.15 mm up to 500,000 2012
Noah's Ark 5000 dram 5000 dram 10 oz 75.5 mm up to 500,000 2012
Noah's Ark 10000 dram 10,000 dram 1 kg 100 mm up to 500,000 2012
Noah's Ark 20000 dram 20,000 dram 5 kg 149.62 mm up to 500,000 2012

Production and distribution[]

Leipziger Edelmetallverarbeitung

The hallmark seen on the coins.

The metal used for the coins is provided by Leipziger Edelmetallverarbeitung, which features its hallmark on the Noah's Ark coin's obverse, and adheres to standards set by the London Bullion Market Association. Geiger Edelmetalle GmbH, a private mint in Germany, is given permission to mint these coins, as well as advertise, market, and sell them.

Despite being legal tender in Armenia, the Noah's Ark bullion coins are not sold by the Central Bank of Armenia, but by Geiger Edelmetalle GmbH and other European dealers. Without a certificate of authenticity, the validity of these coins was questioned until information was included on the Central Bank of Armenia's website.[1]

See also[]

  • Bullion coin


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