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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  In 1993 the note was suddenly withdrawn and declared worthless.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


NEWMODERN COINS OF KURDISTAN

Kurdistan 1 Dinar coin 2003, Br.X1.2Kurdistan 5 coin set, 50 - 2500 Dinars 2006
The Kurds are an ethnic group divided between Iraq, Turkey and Syria. Their attempts to establish a Kurdish nation have been repeatedly thwarted by outside powers. In 2003, after the fall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, overseas Kurdish groups authorized the issuance of coins for what they expected would be their new independent nation.  Because of objections from neighboring Turkey, the United States did not allow the establishment of Kurdistan. The 2003 1 Dinar depicts the most famous Kurd of all time: Saladin.  He is depicted on horseback carrying a modern Kurdish flag. Saladin founded the powerful Ayyubid Dynasty in 1169.  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 27.4mm coin is struck in bronze-plated zinc.  Additional coins for this country that did not exist were issued in 2006. The brass 50 Dinars pictures a European Grey Heron. The eight-sided copper-nickel 250 Dinars shows a Eurasian Lynx.  The copper-nickel 500 Dinar shows a wild goat.  The 1000 Dinar shows Mustafa Barzani, a charismatic Kurdish nationalist leader who died in 1979.   The 2500 Dinar is an attractive and unusual square bi-metallic coin with a copper outer ring and a brass inner plug.  It features an oil refinery in Kirkuk.  All the coins depict the Kurdish emblem featuring the sun rising over three mountains.
Item KURD1 KURDISTAN 1 DINAR 2003 Br.X1.2 UNC. $7.50
Item KURD-SET5 KURDISTAN 5 COIN SET 50-2500 DINARS UNC. $27.50



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