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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


THE COINS OF SADDAM

Iraq coin setThis attractive set includes the 5, 10, 25 and 50 Fils coins of Iraq dating from 1975 to 1990, while Iraq was under the control of Saddam Hussein. In 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait, sparking the First Gulf War. No further Iraqi coins were issued for circulation until the recent Iraqi elections due to United Nations sanctions and the subsequent invasion by the United States. The coins feature a plantation of Date Palms. The 5 and 10 Fils have scalloped edges and are struck in Stainless Steel. All four coins are Uncirculated.
Item IQ-SET4 IRAQ 4 COIN SET 1975-1990 KM125a-128 UNC. $4.75



NEWSMILING SADDAM & MEDIEVAL HORSEMEN ON IRAQ 25 DINAR NOTE

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This multi-colored 25 Dinar note has a portrait of Saddam Hussein and a picture of medieval horsemen charging on the front. It was an attempt to link Saddam with great military victories in past centuries.  The note was the first to bear the Saddam's portrait.  The back shows the ancient gate of Babylon and a modern monument.  At the time they were first issued in 1986 it had an exchange rate of approximately $80 and was the largest denomination in circulation.  They were in use at the time of the invasion of Iraq in Operation Desert Storm in 1991.  In 1993 they were suddenly withdrawn and declared worthless. 
Item PM-IQ25D IRAQ 25 DINAR NOTE, 1986 SADDAM HUSSAIN P73 AU-UNC. $4.00


NEWOPERATION 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 (see above). 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


EMERGENCY GULF WAR NOTES OF IRAQ 

Set of 3 Gulf War Emergency Iraq notes printed in China
Iraq 5 Dinar 1992 Saddam banknote
After the first Gulf War in 1990, Iraq found itself under a United Nations embargo. Unable to get banknotes from its regular suppliers, it turned to a Chinese printer who was willing to break the embargo. The quality of the notes left much to be desired, as they were lithographed and lacked a true watermark. The 1992 5 Dinar banknote pictured Saddam Hussein on the front and Iraq's Tomb of the Unknown on the back. The 1992 dated 1 Dinar pictures a medieval Abbasid gold dinar on the front and the Mustansiriyah School on the back. The 1993 dated 1/2 Dinar depicts a medieval astrolabe on the front and the Mineret of Samarra on the back. The 1/4 Dinar is dated 1993 and features Palm trees and the courtyard of a building. At the time the notes were issued they had an official exchange rate of over $20.00 US. Our price is MUCH less. All four notes are Uncirculated.
Item PM-IQ-SET4 IRAQ 1/4, 1/2, 1 & 5 DINARS 1992-93 P77-80 UNC.  $5.00

 

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. $3.50
Item PM-IQ10Kx10 TEN of the above IRAQ 10,000 DINARS NOTES, 2002 P89 UNC. $25.00
Item PM-IQ10KSHEET5 SHEET OF 5 UNCUT IRAQ 10,000 DINARS NOTES P89 $19.50

10 DINARS COIN OF KURDISTAN  

Kurdistan 10 Dinars 2003The 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. 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 2003 dated 10 Dinars coin was one of the first coins issued for modern Kurdistan.  The 39mm (silver dollar sized) pictures the native Persian Fallow Deer on the obverse.  The reverse depicts four mountain peaks, representing 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 39mm (silver dollar size) coin is struck on nickel plated bronze and 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 KURD10 KURDISTAN 10 DINARS 2003 Br.X2.2 UNC. $12.00



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