IRAQI COINS & CURRENCY
SQUARE COINS OF IRAQ
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.
IRAQ 500 FALSAN 1982 PALMS-SPELLING ERROR
IRAQ 500 FALSAN 1982 BABYLON-SPELLING ERROR
DESERT STORM PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS
propaganda leaflets were prepared by the US Armed Forces and
air-dropped on Iraqi soldiers during the First Gulf War in
were part of a PSYOP psychological warfare program to encourage the
Iraqis not to fight. They must have been effective, as almost
the Iraqi soldiers defected, deserted or surrendered. This
includes 7 different genuine propaganda leaflets, including both color
and black and white issues. Included in the set is a popular
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!
Click here for a
list of the leaflets provided
and their translations.
SET OF 7 IRAQ WAR PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS, UNC.
BANKNOTE - SINGLE NOTES
& UNCUT SHEETS
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
$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
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
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
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.
PM-IQ10K IRAQ 10,000 DINARS NOTE, 2002 P89
PM-IQ10KSHEET5 SHEET OF 5 UNCUT IRAQ 10,000
DINARS NOTES P89 $19.50
FIRST COIN OF MODERN KURDISTAN
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 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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