Armenia is a landlocked, mountainous country in the south Caucasus, lying to the east of Turkey and north of Iran. A former Soviet republic, in 1990 Armenia was the first non-Baltic nation to declare independence from the USSR. Famous for the being the location of Mount Ararat of Biblical fame, Armenia was the first nation to adopt Christianity, in 301 AD. Their capital Yerevan is the oldest capital in the world whose exact date of foundation is known (782 BC.)
Modern Armenia has produced many silver commemorative coins since 1994, a year after the Bank of Armenia was formed. In 2011, Armenia introduced their 1 oz "Noah's Ark" silver bullion coin, intended to compete with the silver bullion coins of other nations. The Armenian Noah's Ark is now available in a variety of sizes, ranging from ¼ oz to 5 kilo, all made in 999 fine silver.