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THE MIDDLE EAST

Coins and currency from this region that is so frequently in the news.
For other coins of this region, also check out the following pages:
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THE BEY BUD TANKA OF TIMURID SULTAN HUSAYN

Silver Tanka of Timurid Sultan Husayn BayqaraThis silver Tanka was struck by Sultan Husayn Bayqara, the last great Timurid monarch, at his capital in Heart (Afghanistan),  between 1470 and 1506AD. The Timurids were descendents of Tamerlane.  They ruled much of Central Asia from during the 14th and 15th century.   Dynastic battles were common as family members battled for control over the Empire.  During his younger years, Husayn served as a mercenary and guerilla fighter.  After a while he decided to fight for himself.  He eventually conquered Herat, and soon gained control over much of the Timurid territory.   He was a great supporter of the arts and literature and engaged in a major building program.   This silver Tanka of Husayn prominently features the words "beh bud" on the coin.  The Persian phrase "beh bud"  means "it was good", perhaps to assure merchants that the coins were made of good silver or maybe to indicate his reign as a time of prosperity.  However one of Husayn’s chroniclers states "Bih-bud Beg" was one of Husayn’s close male companions before he became Sultan, who gave him such sexual satisfaction that he did him the favor of putting his name and stamp on the coins.  Shortly after Husayn’s death, while his two sons fought for control of the throne, the Uzbeks conquered Herat, effectively bringing an end to the dynasty.
Item TIM-HUSAYN TIMURID SILVER TANKA, HUSAYN 1469-1506AD, A2432.3 VG-F-crude, bent $19.50


EGYPT CELEBRATES SUEZ CANAL EXPANSION WITH TWO NEW COINS

Egypt 50 Piastres 2015 Suez Canal expansion Egypt ringed bimetallic 1 Pound 2015 Suez Canal ExpansionOn August 6, 2015, Egypt officially opened a major expansion of the Suez Canal.  The expansion added a second shipping lane, allowing ships to travel in opposite directions at the same time. This nearly doubled the canal’s capacity and decreased the waiting time for ships wishing to use the canal.  The expansion was completed in less than a year from when construction began, a remarkably fast time for such a major project.  The event was celebrated with a national holiday and the release of two circulating commeomorative coins: a 25.1mm bi-metallic 1 Pound coin and a 23mm brass-plated steel 50 Piastres, both dated 2015.  Both coins have a similar design.  One side of the coin features the logo of the Suez Canal Authority which depicts two passing ships.  The other side includes the denomination in both Arabic and English and the AH and AD date in Arabic.  The coins have been in huge demand in Egypt due to the canal’s economic and historical importance.
Item EG-SUEZ50PIA EGYPT 50 PIASTRES 2015 SUEZ CANAL, UNC. $3.00
Item EG-SUEZ1PD EGYPT 1 POUND 2015 SUEZ CANAL, UNC. out


NEWISRAEL’S FIRST COMMEMORATIVE COINS

Israel 1 Lira 1958 Law is Light KM22Israel 1 Lira 1960 Deganya Kibbutz KM28Israel 1/2 Shekel (1/2 Lira) 1962 Feast of Purim KM31
Israel started their popular commemorative coin series in 1958.   The first coins is the 1958 1 Lira is titled “Law is Light”. It features a menorah on one side and the denomination and legends in Hebrew on the other.  The coin commemorates Hanukkah, which is the Festival of Lights. It has a mintage of 149,594 in Uncirculated condition.  The coin was also issued in Proof. The next commemorative was the 1960 1 Lira which commemorates and pictures the 50th anniversary of the Deganya (Degania) Kibbutz, the first Kibbutz in Israel. It has a mintage of only 49,455.  Both coins are 32mm in diameter, struck in copper-nickel and are Uncirculated.  The 1963 Hanukkah 1 Lira displays an 18th century North African Hanukkah lamp. It has a mintage of 9928 pieces in Unc. and just 5412 in Proof.  The Proof issues have the tiny Hebrew character "mem" below the date.  The coins are all copper-nickel.  They are attractive and historic coins at a very reasonable price considering their limited mintage.
Item IL-LAW-U ISRAEL ISRAEL 1 LIRA 1958 LAW IS LIGHT KM22 UNC. $3.00
Item IL-LAW-PF ISRAEL ISRAEL 1 LIRA 1958 LAW IS LIGHT KM22 PROOF $10.00
Item IL-DEG ISRAEL ISRAEL 1 LIRA 1960 DEGANYA KIBBUTZ KM28 UNC. $4.00
Item IL-AFRICA-U ISRAEL 1 LIRA 1962 NORTH AFRICAN HANUKKAH LAMP KM42 UNC. $9.00
Item IL-AFRICA-PF ISRAEL 1 LIRA 1963 NORTH AFRICAN HANUKKAH LAMP KM42 PROOF $15.00



ISRAEL TELEPHONE TOKEN

Israel Telepone Token (1966)For many years, Israel required tokens to operate their public telephones.  The tokens made it easy to raise prices and helped cut down on slugs beings.  This Israeli telephone token, called an Asimon, was issued by the Israel Post.  One side is dated 1966 in Hebrew and has the world “telephone” in Hebrew and Arabic.  A deep slot and a center hole is incorporated into the token to prevent regular coins or slugs from being used in the telephone.  The other side features a telephone dial.
Item IL-PHONE ISRAEL TELEPHONE TOKEN 1966 VF $3.00



RECENT JORDAN COIN SET  Restocked

Jordan 5 coin set
This set of  five Jordanian coins includes the copper-plated steel 1 Piastre, the nickel-plated steel 5 and 10 Piastres, the seven-sided nickel-brass 1/4 Dinar and the 7-sided bi-metallic 1/2 Dinar.  The coins date from 2000 to 2009.  All five coins picture King Abdullah II of Jordan who assumed the throne in 1999. The reverse includes the date and denomination. The king, an avid Star Trek fan, was an extra in a Star Trek Voyager episode in 1995. Due to Union rules however, he was not allowed to have a speaking part.   The king has been a good monarch, maintaining stability in his country which is located in an unstable region of the world.
Item JO-SET5 JORDAN 5 COIN SET 1 QIRSH - 1/2 DINAR 2000-2009 UNC. $8.00


MODERN LEBANESE COIN SET FEATURES CEDAR TREE Restocked

Lebanon coin set
This 5 coin set includes the 20.5mm nickel-plated steel 25 Livres dated 2002, 1996 8-sided 50 Livres, the bronze 100 Livres, the aluminum-bronze 250 Livres and nickel-plated steel 500 Livres.  In an attempt to keep both the Christian and Muslim factions of the country happy, one side of the coin is in French and uses western numerals (Lebanon was once a French colony).  The other side is Arabic and features a Cedar tree.   Lebanon has been famous for its Cedars since ancient times. The Cedars of Lebanon are mentioned numerous times in the Bible.  They are now the  national symbol of Lebanon.
Item LB-SET5 LEBANON 5 COIN SET, 25-500 LIVRES 1996-2002 UNC.  $7.50


NEW 2015 OMAN COIN SET

Oman 45th Oman National Day coin setOman released new 2015 dated coins for circulation to commemorate the 45th Oman National Day.    The set includes the 5, 10, 25 and 50 Baizas, all with the same design.  The obverses depict the name and title of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said; national emblem, name of the Central Bank of Oman, year of minting, and denomination in Arabic and English. The reverses feature the 45th National Day Logo.  The coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item OM-SET4 OMAN 4 COIN SET 5-50 BAISAS, 2015 BU $8.00



PALESTINE 2014 10 DINARS FEATURES DOME OF THE ROCK 

Palestine 10 Dinars 2014 ESSAIThis attractive unofficial 2014 dated pattern coin was recently released for Palestine.  The 39mm copper-nickel coin features the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem on one side and the arms of Palestine on the other.  The Dome of the Rock is one of the holiest sites to Jews, Muslims and Christians.  It is the site of the original Jewish Temple, where Jesus preached.   The Foundation Stone at the center of the dome was where Abraham offered to sacrifice his son Isaac. Muslims believe that it is the spot where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. The coin has inscriptions in both Arabic and English and has a mintage of only 5000 pieces.
Item PS-10D PALESTINE 10 DINARS 2014, BU  $12.00


SCARCE SAUDI ARABIAN COIN AT A BARGAIN PRICE

Saudi Arabia 100 Halala AH1397 AD1977 KM59 royal mint sample coinThe British Royal Mint struck a small quantity of copper-nickel 100 Halala coins for Saudi Arabia dated AD1977 and AH 1397 as samples. Actual production of the coins commenced the following year, with the coins dated AD 1978 and AH1398.  A few of the sample coins somehow escaped into circulation.  The coins were to be part of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization coin program. The program encourages farmers to grow more food and helps raise money for Agricultural projects through the sale of the coins. 
Item SA-59-77 SAUDI ARABIA 100 HALALA 1977 KM59 UNC. $59.00


SAUDI ARABIAN BI-METALLIC COINS Wholesale prices available to dealers

Saudi Arabia 100 Halala 1999: 100th Anniversary and regular issueSaudi Arabia issued two bi-metallic 100 Halala coins in 1999 (AH1419).  The regular issue features a palm tree and a pair of crossed swords.  The commemorative issue honors the 100th anniversary of the Saudi Kingdom.  Saudi Arabia dates it's founding to a night in 1902 when Abdul Aziz ibn Saud and 40 of his followers did a daring midnight raid, capturing the Ottoman fort at Riyadh.  With the support of the conservative Islamic Wahhabi clergy,  Abdul Aziz declared a Jihad, or holy war against the Ottomans and other rulers who controlled the Arabian Peninsula.   After the defeat of the Ottoman's in World War I by Allied forces, Abdul Aziz conquered neighboring Hejaz, and consolidated his kingdom into what is today Saudi Arabia. The design of the coin features extensive calligraphy as well as a stylized representation of a palm tree, and the fort.    The 100 years from 1902 to 1999 is based on the lunar Hegira calendar, which has slightly shorter years than a solar calendar.
Item SA-66SAUDI ARABIA 100 HALALA REGULAR ISSUE, KM66 UNC. $5.00
Item SA-67SAUDI ARABIA 100 HALALA 100TH ANNIVERSARY, KM67 UNC. $6.00


SCARCE FANTASY COIN OF HEJAZ

Hejaz silver 10 Ghirsh or 1/2 Riyal fantasy coin, AH1334, Yr. 8, MeccaThis scarce fantasy silver Hejaz 10 Ghirsh or Riyal was made to appear to be an early coin of Hejaz.  It is dated AH1334, Year 8 (1923) and bears the legends that was struck in Mecca (“Makka al-Mukarrama”).  In reality it was struck in some years ago in the United States.  The coins is technically Uncirculated, however was given an “antiqued” finish.  The 27.8mm coin has a reeded edge.  It is a scarce coin and given the popularity of Saudi Arabian related coins, is  in demand.
Item HEJAZ10P HEJAZ 10 PIASTRES Br.X2  ANTIQUED UNC. $95.00


BI-METALLIC COINS TURKISH COINS DEPICT WILDLIFE

Turkey 2009 1 Lira bimetallic animal coins: Elephant and TurtleTurkey 2012 1 Lira bimetallic animal coins: Deer and LeopardTurkey 2015 1 Lira bimetallic animal coins: Mouflin and Desert LizardObverse of Turkey 2011 bimetal coins
Turkey issues an annual series of two bimetallic 1 Lira coins, each depicting an animal.  The coins are all 26.15mm in diameter and have the denomination and date on the obverse. The 2009 issues depict an mother elephant and her calf on one coin and a sea tortoise on the other. The 2009 issues have a mintage of only 5000 of each coin. A Red Deer and a Leopard appear on the 2012 issues.   The 2015 issues depict an Anatolian Wild Sheep or Mouflon on one coin and a desert lizard on the other.  The 2015 issues have a mintage of only 50,000 each.
Item TR-ZOO-09 TURKEY SET OF 2 BIMETAL 1 LIRA ELEPHANT & SEA TURTLE 2009 KM1263 & KM1264 BU $15.00
Item TR-ZOO-12 TURKEY SET OF 2 BIMETAL 1 LIRA DEER & LEOPARD 2012 KM1283 & KM1284 BU $15.00
Item TR-ZOO-15 TURKEY SET OF 2 BIMETAL 1 LIRA MOUFLON & LIZARD 2015 BU $12.00


FOR OTHER  COINS OF THIS REGION, PLEASE CHECK OUT:

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