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IRAQI COINS & CURRENCY



IRAQ SADDAM ERA COIN SET INCLUDES UNSUAL SHAPES

Iraq 4 coin set 5 - 50 Fils, 1975-1990. KM125a-128This 4 coin set includes the coins used in Iraq from the 1970’s to the 1990’s.   It was during this time that Saddam came to power, fought a long, bloody war with Iran and invaded Kuwait which triggered the United States involvement in the First Gulf War.   The 5 and 10 Fils both have scalloped edges. The 25 and 50 Fils are round. The coins show date palms on one side and the denomination on the other.   It is an interesting and historic set.  All four coins are Uncirculated.
Item IQ-SET4 IRAQ 4 COIN SET 5 FILS – 50 FILS 1975-1990 KM125a-128 UNC. $4.00



SQUARE COIN OF IRAQ WITH SPELLING ERROR 

Iraq 500 "Falsan" 1982 Palms with spelling errorIraq issued this square 500 Fils coin in 1982.  The 30mm nickel coin was struck at the British Royal Mint. 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.  The coin features date palms, which has long served as a source of food in the region.
Item IQ-165a IRAQ 500 FALSAN 1982 PALMS-SPELLING ERROR KM165a VF-XF $15.00



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. $3.00
Item PM-IQ10KSHEET5 SHEET OF 5 UNCUT IRAQ 10,000 DINARS NOTES P89 $19.50


NEWPOST-INVASION COINS OF IRAQ

Iraq 25, 50 & 100 Dinars, 2004 KM175-KM177A new series of coins was released in 2004, after the United States invaded the country in 2003.  They were the first coins released into circulation since 1990. The new coins featured a map of Iraq showing the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and the date in Arabic in both the AH and AD Calendar on one side.  The other side had the denomination and inscriptions in Arabic.  The 25 Dinars is copper plated-steel, the 50 Dinars is brass plated steel and the 100 Dinars is nickel-plated steel. They were issued as part of America’s plan to bring stability to the country. 
Item IQ-SET3 IRAQ 25, 50 & 100 DINARS COINS, 2004 KM175-177 UNC.  $3.50



FIRST COINS OF MODERN KURDISTAN  Restocked


Kurdistan 1 Dinar 2003 picturing Saladin on horsebackKurdistan 10 Dinars 2003
The 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 1 Dinar coin depicts Saladin on horseback carrying a modern Kurdish flag. The design attempts to tie the modern Kurdish nation to its rich heritage.  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.  The 10 Dinars coin  pictures the native Persian Fallow Deer.  The 39mm coin is struck on nickel-plated bronze and has a mintage of only 4,700 pieces.  Both coin shave the same design on the reverse.   Mountains have figured prominently in Kurdish lore, so the reverses features four mountain peaks,  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. A portion of mintages of the 1 and 10 Dinars coins were distributed in Iraqi held portions of Kurdistan, however it is doubtful they actually circulated.  They are beautiful and intriguing coins from a new nation that has yet to be born.
Item KURD1 KURDISTAN 1 DINAR 2003, SALADIN Br.X1.2 UNC. $7.00
Item KURD10 KURDISTAN 10 DINARS 2003, DEER  Br.X2.2 UNC. $15.00


NEWKURDISTAN COIN CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM THAT DID NOT HAPPEN

Kurdistan multi-color 5000 Dinars 2014 IndependenceThe Kurds in Iraq planned to hold a referendum in the fall of 2014 to vote on Kurdish independence. To commemorate the event, and the almost certain outcome of a vote for Kurdish independence, a group in the United States arranged to have this multi-color 5000 Dinar coin struck.  One side of the 39mm copper nickel coin features the Kurdish flag superimposed on a map of Iraqi Kurdistan with the legend "Kurdistan Independence" in Arabic and English. The other side depicts a stylized eagle from the Kurdish arms and the legend  "Republic of Kurdistan" and the date in Arabic and English    The sudden rise of the Islamic State known as ISIS in the summer of 2014 threatened both Kurdish and Iraqi territory and citizens.  Under pressure from the United States the referendum was indefinitely delayed so that Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers could be used to fight the common threat of ISAS rather than each other.  It is an attractive coin commemorating an event that never took place.
Item KURD-5000D KURDISTAN 5000 DINARS 2014 INDEPENDENCE, BU $16.00



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