ISTANBUL 

The Turkish Treasury and Finance Ministry issued gold bonds and certificates for 25.7 kilograms (56.6 pounds) of the precious metal on Wednesday. 

The ministry collected 18,172 kg of gold of 995/1000 purity for bonds and 7,552 kg for lease certificates, it announced in an online statement.

A 0.50% semi-annual coupon/lease rate will apply to the bonds and certificates, which will be settled on Friday and mature on March 5, 2021.

The treasury issued the certificates in return for gold bars weighing a minimum of one kilogram.

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