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IRAQI COINS & CURRENCY



UNUSUAL COIN FROM IRAQ

Iraq 1 Fils 1959 KM119 coinThis bronze 1 Fils coin of Iraq is somewhat unusual.  It is a ten-sided bronze coin that was struck only a single year, 1959.  It was one of the first coins issued by the Republic of Iraq after the bloody overthrow of the monarchy in 1958.  Because of inflation it soon lost its value and was never issued again.  The coin features a modernistic design of a stalk of grain within a sunburst on one side. The other features legends in Arabic and both the AH and AD dates in Arabic numerals. 
Item IQ-1F IRAQ 1 FILS 1959 KM119 UNC. $3.00



NewSMILING SADDAM & MEDIEVAL HORSEMEN ON IRAQ 25 DINAR NOTE

Iraq 25 Dinar note 1986 P73
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This multi-colored 1986 25 Dinar note of Iraq features the 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 at the left, below it is a lion frieze.  In the center is the Martyr’s Monument (al-Shaheed) in Baghdad which was dedicated in 1983.   When the note was issued it had an exchange rate of approximately $80 and was the largest denomination in circulation.  It was in use at the time of the invasion of Iraq in Operation Desert Storm in 1991.  In 1993 the note was suddenly withdrawn and declared worthless.
Item PM-IQ-25D IRAQ 25 DINAR NOTE, 1986 SADDAM P73 XF-AU $3.00
Item PM-IQ-25Dx10 10 of the above IRAQ 25 DINAR NOTES, 1986 P73 XF-AU $19.50
Item PM-IQ-25Dx100 100 of the above IRAQ 25 DINAR NOTES, 1986 P73 XF-AU. $99.50



NewIRAQ 1995 250 DINAR NOTE PICTURES SADDAM

Iraq 205 Dinar note 1995 P85
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This 1995 Iraqi 250 Dinar note picturing Saddam Hussein was issued after Saddam's defeat in the First Gulf War.  Inflation was taking a serious toll on Iraq, so this new, higher denomination was needed.  At the time it was issued, it was the highest denomination note in circulation. It had an official exchange rate of over $750, however on the street it would buy only a few dollars worth of goods. The reverse of the note shows the frieze from the Liberty Monument in Baghdad.  Because of the United Nations embargo, the notes were printed locally on an offset press and lacked the anti-counterfeiting devices found on most banknotes today.
Item PM-IQ-250D IRAQ 250 DINAR NOTE, 1995 SADDAM P85 AU-UNC. $3.00
Item PM-IQ-250Dx10 10 of the above IRAQ 250 DINAR NOTES, 1995 AU-UNC. $19.50
Item PM-IQ-250Dx100 100 of the above IRAQ 250 DINAR NOTES, 1995 AU-UNC. $99.50




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


  IRAQ POST INVASION COIN SET  Restocked!

Iraq 2004 3 coin setIraq released three 2004 dated coins: a 25, 50 and 100 Dinar.  They are the first coins issued since for circulation since the First Gulf War in 1990 and were issued as part of America’s plan to bring stability to the country.  Since then no additional coins have been issued for circulation. The coins have a very simple design.  One side shows a map of Iraq, showing the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and the date in both the AH and AD Calendar.  The other side shows the denomination and inscriptions in Arabic.  The 25 Dinars is copper plated-steel, the 50 Dinars is brass plated steel and the 100 Dinar is nickel-plated steel.
Item IQ-SET3 IRAQ 25, 50 & 100 DINAR  2004 KM175-177 UNC. $3.75



FIRST MODERN COIN OF KURDISTAN  Restocked!

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 Dinar 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 reported 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 DINAR 2003, SALADIN Br.X2.2 UNC. $14.00




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