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IRAQI COINS & CURRENCY

SQUARE COINS OF IRAQ WITH SPELLING ERROR

Iraq 500 "Falsan" 1982 Palms with spelling errorIraq 5i00 "Falsan" 1982 Lion of Babylon with spelling error
Iraq issued two designs of their square 500 Fils coin in 1982. One was the regular issue featuring date palms.  Date palms have long served as a source of food in the region.  The other design commemorated the revival of the archeological exploration of Babylon and featured the Lion of Babylon.  The square 30mm coins were both struck in nickel at the British Royal Mint.  Both types were struck with an error in the Arabic spelling of the denomination.    Rather than “500 Fils” the coins were denominated at “500 Falsan”.  The error may be due the British engraver’s lack of familiarity with Arabic.  Apparently few were minted as both coins are scarce.
Item IQ-165a IRAQ 500 FALSAN 1982 PALMS-SPELLING ERROR VF-XF $16.00
Item IQ-168a IRAQ 500 FALSAN 1982 BABYLON-SPELLING ERROR VF-XF out


OPERATION DESERT STORM PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS

Operation Desert Storm Propaganda Leaflets dropped over Iraq
These propaganda leaflets were prepared by the US Armed Forces and air-dropped on Iraqi soldiers during the First Gulf War in 1991.  They were part of a PSYOP psychological warfare program to encourage the Iraqis not to fight.  They must have been effective, as almost half of the Iraqi soldiers defected, deserted or surrendered.  This set includes 7 different genuine propaganda leaflets, including both color and black and white issues.  Included in the set is a popular leaflet printed to look like an Iraq 25 Dinar note picturing Saddam. What better way to have a piece of propaganda picked up than to make it look like real money! 
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Item IQ-PROP SET OF 7 IRAQ WAR PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS, UNC. $19.50

 

SADDAM'S LAST BANKNOTE - SINGLE NOTES & UNCUT SHEETS

Iraq 10,000 Dinars banknote of 2002 picturing Saddam Hussein
This 10,000 Dinar note dated 2002 was the final note issued by Saddam before he was driven from power by the United States. At that time, it was the highest denomination note ever issued by Iraq! Though the note had an official exchange rate of over $35,000, the people of Iraq had lost faith in Saddam and in reality the note had little buying power. The front of bears a portrait of Saddam and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The reverse portrays Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad and a medieval Arabic astrolabe. The university is one of the oldest in the world. Because Iraq was under United Nations sanctions at the time, the note was printed locally using the equipment and supplies available. As a result the note is crude compared to most currency. This crude but colorful, genuine, high-denomination, Crisp Uncirculated note is a reminder of Saddam's failed regime. The note catalogs for $7.50, however our supplier in Iraq obtaintained the some notes for much less, so we will pass the savings onto you. Our supplier in Iraq also managed to obtain some uncut sheets of five of the 10,000 Dinars notes. These are most unusual and would make an unusual addition to a collection or would make an excellent conversation piece if framed.
Item PM-IQ10K IRAQ 10,000 DINARS NOTE, 2002 P89 UNC. out
Item PM-IQ10KSHEET5 SHEET OF 5 UNCUT IRAQ 10,000 DINARS NOTES P89 $19.50

FIRST COIN OF MODERN KURDISTAN Back in stock 


Kurdistan 1 Dinar 2003 picturing Saladin on horsebackThe Kurds are an ethnic group divided between Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran. For centuries they have dreamed of having an independent homeland, however each time the dream has been thwarted. An independent Kurdistan was promised after World War I, however instead their land was divided between Turkey and Iraq. After the First Gulf War in 1991 the Kurds in Iraq were granted a large degree of autonomy under the United Nations. They even used a different currency than the rest of Iraq, called the Swiss Dinar. Many Kurds in Iraq were expecting to gain full independence with the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Several overseas Kurdish groups authorized the issuance of coins for what they expected would be a new independent nation after the fall of Saddam. However, the Turks feared that an independent Kurdistan in Iraq would further the demands of the Kurds within Turkey for more autonomy. They strongly objected to an autonomous Kurdistan within Iraq and threatened an invasion. The United States agreed with Turkey, so plans for an independent Kurdistan have once again been quashed. The first coins however were still issued. This Kurdistan 1 Dinar showing the most famous Kurd of all time,Saladin. Salidin founded the powerful Ayyubid dynasty and ruled from 1169 to 1193. His diplomatic skills, backed by well-disciplined army enabled him to gain control of Egypt, Palestine and Syria from Islamic as well as Christian opponents. Even his opponents admired him for his chivalry, justice and piety. The coin depicts Saladin on horseback carrying a modern Kurdish flag. The design attempts to tie the modern Kurdish nation to its rich heritage. Mountains have figured prominently in Kurdish lore, so the reverse features four mountain peaks, which also represents the four nations with major Kurdish populations. Above the mountains is a 21-rayed rising sun, which is a traditional Kurdish symbol predating the nations conversion to Islam. The coin is 27mm in diameter and is struck in bronze-plated zinc, a material similar to that used in the current U.S. cent. It has a mintage of only 4,700 pieces. It is a beautiful and intriguing coin from a new nation that has yet to be born.
Item KURD1 KURDISTAN 1 DINAR 2003, SALADIN Br.X1.2 UNC. $5.75




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