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THE MIDDLE EAST

Coins and currency from this region that is so frequently in the news.
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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 $19.95



COINS OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

The Ottoman Empire began as a small emirate in Turkey.  In the 1300’s it greatly expanded, eventually conquering the Byzantine Empire and making Constantinople its capital.  At its peak, under Suleyman the Magnificent, it was one of the most powerful states in the world, spanning the three continents around Mediterranean basin.   After many years of decline, it collapsed in the aftermath of World War I.   Coin collecting is still not widely popular in most of the former Ottoman territories, so their coins are available and still remarkably inexpensive.

FIRST DATED OTTOMAN COIN - BAYEZIT I

Ottoman silver Akce of Bayezit I AH792 (1389AD)Bayezit I ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1389 to 1402.  Bayezit became sultan after his predecessor died in the Battle of Kosovo, which the Ottoman army nonetheless was victorious and annexed Serbia to its rapidly growing empire.  He then married Olivera Despina, daughter of the prince of Serbia.  He later captured Bulgaria and northern Greece, but failed to oust the Byzantine Empire from Constantinople in 1394.  But alas, in 1402, the Mongol army of Timur (Tamerlane) rapidly marched into Anatolia, overwhelmed the Ottoman forces, and captured Bayezit, who later died in captivity.  Only one type of silver coinage was struck for Bayezit, the small akçe of about 1.18 grams highly purified silver, dated with his accession year AH792 (=1389).  It is one of the first Ottoman coins to bear a date.
Item TR-BAYEZIT OTTOMAN BAYEZIT I AKCE (1389AD) VF $7.00


SILVER COIN OF SULEYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT

Ottoman, Suleiman the Magnificent silver Para from Haleb (Aleppo)Suleyman (Suleiman) the Magnificent ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1520 to 1566. A wise and powerful monarch, he expanded his empire to include the Middle East, North Africa and he almost conquered much of Europe. He is also known as Suleyman the Lawgiver, for his reorganization and modernization of the Ottoman legal system. He was also noted for having over 300 concubines.  Though Suleyman may have been magnificent, his coins tended to be small and crude.  This small silver Para of Suleyman was minted in Halab and is dated AH926 which corresponds to 1520AD. Halab is the old name for what is now Aleppo, Syria.  It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
Item TR-SUL OTTOMAN SULEYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT SILVER PARA (1520AD) VG-CRUDE $7.50


LAST PRE-MODERN COIN OF OTTOMAN TURKEY

Ottman Turkey 20 Para of Abdul MecidAbdul Mecid ruled from 1839 until 1861.  This billon 20 Para was one of the last pre-modern coins of Ottoman Turkey, struck just before the introduction of modern minting equipment in 1845.  It is dated with his accession year (AH1255) plus regnal years 1 through 4 (1839-42AD).  The coin is only .170 fine silver, the rest being copper, plus a light silver-wash.  The obverse bears Abdul Mecid’s royal toughra within a wreath, the reverse the date, regnal year, and mint name, which is Kostantiniye, i.e., Constantinople, now Istanbul.
Item TR-20PARA OTTOMAN 20 PARA ABDUL MECID 1839-42 KM653 VF-XF $4.00


RECENT SYRIAN COIN SET  

Syrian coin set
Syria is undergoing a civil war as rebels seeking greater freedom are seeking to overthrow the long ruling Assad family and the Ba'ath Party. This five coin set includes the most recent coins Syria has issued.  The 2003 bi-metallic 25 Pounds pictures the modern Central Bank building,  The 2003 10 Pounds pictures the ancient ruins at Palmyra.  The 2003 5 Pounds features the medieval Citadel of Aleppo.  All three feature a latent image in the design that feature the letters CBS (for Central Bank of Syria) and the denomination, depending on how the coin is tilted.   The 1996 2 Pounds pictures the 2nd century Roman Theater in Borsa.  Arabic inscriptions and designs are on the 1994 1 Pound.  The Syrian eagle is on the obverse of each coin. 
Item SY-SET5 SYRIA 5 COIN SET, 1 – 25 POUNDS 1994 - 2003 UNC. $7.50



ATTRACTIVE 1996 SYRIAN COIN SET Wholesale prices available to dealers

Syria 4 coin set 2 - 25 Pounds, 1996Obverse of Syria 10 Pounds, 1996Syria has been undergoing a massive upheaval as thousands of brave Syrians protest the auto-cratic government of Bashar al-Assad, who succeeded his father as President in 2000.  It may soon be the next government to fall in the Arab Spring revolutions.  The bi-metallic 25 Pounds pictures the modern Central Bank building,  while Syria’s ancient heritage is featured on the other coins..   The copper-nickel 10 Pounds pictures the ancient ruins at Palmyra.  The copper-nickel 5 Pounds features the medieval Citadel of Aleppo.   The 2nd century Roman Theater in Borsa is on the copper-nickel 2 Pounds. All four coins feature the Syrian arms on the obverse and are dated 1996 (the Arabic numeral 6 looks like the western numeral 7), and are Uncirculated.  Our price is far less than  the sets $16.50 catalog value.
Item S-SY-SET4 SYRIA 4 COIN SET 2 – 25 POUNDS 1996, KM123-126 BU $7.50


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ISLAMIC IRAN COMMEMORATES ISLAM AND JERUSALEM Wholesale prices available to dealers

Iran 20 Rials 1979 KM1244Iran 1 Rial KM1245Shortly after coming into power in 1979, the revolutionary Islamic government of Iran issued two commemorative coins that caused a bit of a stir in some diplomatic circles.  The first is a copper-nickel 20 Rials dated both SH1358 and AH1400 (AD1979).  It pictures banners with Islamic inscriptions covering the earth.  The coin commemorates the 1400th anniversary (based on the Muslim lunar calendar) of the Prophet Mohammad’s flight from Mecca to Medina in 622AD.  The event, known as The Hijra, marks the start of the Muslim calendar.  Our price for this historic coin is less than half of its $15 catalog value.  The other coin is a 1 Rial coin picturing the Dome of the Rock - which is located in Jerusalem, Israel.  The Dome of the Rock or Qubbet el-Sakhra 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 or Rock at the center of the dome was where many Jews believe that Abraham offered to sacrifice his son Isaac. Muslims believe that it is the spot where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.  The aluminum-bronze clad steel coin 1 Rial is dated SH1359 (AD1980). 
Item IR-1244 IRAN 20 RIALS 1979  1400th ANNIVERSARY KM1244 UNC. $7.00
Item IR-1245 IRAN 1 RIAL 1980 DOME OF THE ROCK KM1245 UNC. $4.00


ATTRACTIVE IRAN COIN INCLUDES BI-METALLIC Wholesale prices available to dealers

Iran 50, 100, 250 and 500 Rials SH1385 (AD2006)This attractive set includes the four denominations the Islamic Republic of Iran issued in AH1385 (AD2006).  The bi-metal 500 Rials pictures a mythical bird and a flower The copper-nickel 250 Rials features a stylized pomegranate blossom.  The aluminum-bronze 100 Rials shows the Imam Reza Shrine. The Shirne is the largest mosque in the world in size, and second largest in capacity.  The Hazrat Masoumeh Shrine in Qom is on the aluminum-bronze 50 Rials. The obverse of each coin has the denomination and, date and country name in Persian. All coins are Uncirculated.  The set catalogs for $16.50, however our price is MUCH less.
Item IR-SET06 IRAN 4 COIN SET 50 – 500 RIALS, AH1385, (AD2006)  KM1266-1269 UNC. $7.50


NEW COINS FROM  IRAN Wholesale prices available to dealers

Iran 5 coin set 250-5000 Rials SH1389-90This Iran coin set features five new issues.  The copper-nickel 5000 and 2000 Rials are dated SH1389 (AD2010).  They commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Iran’s Central Bank.  The 1000 Rials features flowers and commemorates “15 Shaban”.   “15 Shaban” is a night of prayers and worship.  The 500 Rials pictures a stylized tulip and commemorates Khohrramshahr.  Khohrramshahr was a major battle in the Iran-Iraq War.  It essentially destroyed the city.    The 250 Rials commemorates the Feyziyeh School.  The 1000, 500 and 250 Rials are struck in brass and are dated SH1390 (AD2011).  All five coins are Uncirculated.
Item S-IR-SET5 IRAN 5 COIN SET 250 – 5000 RIALS, AD2010-11, SH1389-90 UNC. $12.00


LOOKING TO THE FUTURE WITH IRAN 1404Wholesale prices available to dealers

Iran 2000 Rials Vision Iran 1404Iran's long range planning for the future, called "IRAN 1404" is commemorated on this 2000 Rials coins dated SH1391 (2012AD).  The vision covers a wide range of economic, infrastructure, scientific, environmental and cultural issues showing where country wants be by the year SH1404 (2025AD).  The 26mm copper-nickel coin depicts the project's logo on one side and the denomination within a wreath on the other. The coin is Uncirculated, though tends to be weakly struck.
Item IR-IRAN1404 IRAN 2000 RIALS SH1391 (AD2012) IRAN 1404 PLAN UNC. $3.00


ATTRACTIVE COINS FROM EGYPT

Egypt coin set
This set of five Egyptian coins features that nations rich cultural heritage.  The 1984 1 Piastre features the nations most famous landmark, the ancient Pyramids of Giza.  The 1992 5 Piastre shows an Islamic vase or hanging lamp.  The 1992 10 Piastres shows The Mohammad Ali (Alabaster) Mosque in Cairo.  The 1992 20 Piastres features the Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo.  The 1993 25 Piastre features a center hole.   The five coins are Uncirculated.
Item S-EG-SET5 EGYPT 5 COIN SET 1-25 PIASTRES, UNC. $7.50


RECENT JORDAN COIN SET  

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 four 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 coins are Uncirculated, however may have some minor spots, so we grade them AU-UNC.
Item JO-SET5 JORDAN 5 COIN SET 1 QIRSH - 1/2 DINAR 2000-2009 AU-UNC. $8.50


MODERN LEBANESE COIN SET FEATURES CEDAR TREE Wholesale prices available to dealers

Lebanon coin set
This 5 coin set includes the 2002 dated 25 Livres, 1996 8-sided 50 Livres, the 2000 dated 100, 250 and 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 S-LB-SET5 LEBANON 5 COIN SET, 25-500 LIVRES 1996-2002 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


2010 PALESTINE PATTERN SET FEATURES NATIVE WILDLIFE & BI-METALLICSWholesale prices available to dealers

Palestine 2010 pattern coin setCommon obverse on Palestine 2010 pattern coins
This attractive set of 8 unofficial Palestine pattern coins features native wildlife and two bimetallic coins. The Bimetallic 2 Dinars features a pair of sand cats. An Argali, a type of mountain goat, is on the bi-metallic 1 Dinar. The seven-sided brass 50 Qirsh (Piastre) pictures a leopard. A White Stork is on the seven-sided brass 25 Qirsh. The Barbary Falcon appears on the nickel-plated steel 10 Qirsh. The nickel-plated steel 5 Qirsh features a White Pelican in flight. A Marsh Sandpiper is on the nickel-plated steel 2 1/2 Qirsh. A Fattail Scorpion is on the copper-plated steel 1 Qirsh. All coins are dated 2010 and feature the arms of Palestine on the obverse. Only 10,000 sets were minted.
Item PS-SET8 PALESTINE 2010 8 COIN WILDLIFE SET, 1 QIRSH - 2 DINARS UNC. $29.50
Individual coins from the above set:
Item PS-2D PALESTINE 2 Dinars 2010 Sand Cats, bimetallic Unc. $8.00
Item PS-1D PALESTINE 1 Dinar 2010 Mountain Goat, bimetallic Unc. $7.00
Item PS-50Q PALESTINE 50 Qirsh 2010 Leopard, bimetallic Unc. $5.00
Item PS-25Q PALESTINE 25 Qirsh 2010 White Stork, bimetallic Unc. $4.50
Item PS-10Q PALESTINE 10 Qirsh 2010 Barbary Falcon, bimetallic Unc. $4.00
Item PS-5Q PALESTINE 5 Qirsh 2010 Pelican, bimetallic Unc. $3.50
Item PS-2Q PALESTINE 2 1/2 Qirsh 2010 Sandpiper bimetallic Unc. $3.25
Item PS-1Q PALESTINE 1 Qirsh 2010 Scorpian, bimetallic Unc. $3.00

ISRAEL’S FIRST COMMEMORATIVE COINS Wholesale prices available to dealers

These seven coins are Israel’s seven first copper-nickel commemorative coins.  The series was issued only from 1958 to 1963. Their beautiful, modernistic designs and low mintages helped spark a boom in Israeli coins in the 1960’s. The coins are now available at a small fraction of what they sold for at the height of the Israeli coin boom back then.  The 1 Lira, sometimes called the 1 Pound, coins are 32mm in diameter, the 1/2 Lira (1/2 Pound or 1/2 Shekel)  is 30mm in diameter.  The coins were struck in both Uncirculated and Proof. Unlike many modern Proofs, the early Israeli Proof coins did not have a frosted or mirror finishes.  For most issues, about the only way to distinguish the between the Uncirculated and Proof versions, is that the Proof version has the Hebrew letter "mem" added to the design.Early Israel Proof coins were so designated by the Hebrew letter "mem" added to the coin. 
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Israel 1/2 Lire 1962 Festival of Purim

1/2 LIRE 1962 - FESTIVAL OF PURIM

The 1962 1/2 Shekel, or 1/2 Lire honors the Festival of Purim. The coin features a silver shekel from the revolt against Rome in 66AD.  Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people living in the ancient Persian Empire from a plot to annihilate them.  It is recorded in the Book of Esther.  The coin is Proof and has a mintage of only 9894 pieces in Proof.
Item IL-PUR-PF ISRAEL 1/2 SHEKEL (LIRA) 1962 FEASTIVAL OF PURIM KM31 PROOF $7.00
Israel 1 Lira 1958 Law is Light

1 LIRA 1958 HANUKKAH - LAW IS LIGHT

The 1958 1 Lira was the one of the first commemorative coins issued by Israel.  It features a seven branched menorah to commemorate Hanukkah. The coin is titled “Law is Light”. Hanukkah, the "Festival of Lights”, celebrates the miracle of a how small vial of oil that burned for eight days for the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple following the victory of the Jewish Maccabees over the Syrians.  It has a mintage of 149,594 and is probably one of the most undervalued Israeli commemorative coins.
Item IL-LAW-U ISRAEL 1 LIRA 1958 LAW IS LIGHT KM22 UNC. $2.00
Israel 1 Lira 1961 Hasmonian Hero

1 LIRA 1961- DEATH OF A HASMONEAN HERO Restocked

The 1961 1 Pound coin from Israel pictures a man underneath an elephant stabbing the belly of the beast.  The coin, known as the “Death of a Hasmonean Hero” or the “Maccabean Hero” tells the story of Eleazer killing a war elephant as is written in 1 Macabees 6:42-47.  In 163BC Seleucid King Antiochus V sent an army to Judea put down the revolt lead by Judas Maccabeus who was seeking freedom for the Jewish state.  Included in the forces were 32 of the most terrifying weapons of the era - elephants.  Each elephant lead a force of a thousand men.  Eleazer, the younger brother of Judas Maccabeaus, spied the largest and most heavily armored of the elephants.  Assuming that it carried the king, he single handedly fought his way through the phalanx of soldiers surrounding the elephant, ran under the beast and stabbed it in the belly.  The dying elephant fell on top of Eleazer, killing him.  Alas, the elephant did not carry the king, and the Jewish forces soon retreated in the face of strength of the Seleucid army.  The obverse of the coin features a torch and the legend in Hebrew “And he gave up his soul in battle”.   The coin has a mintage of  18,801 in Uncirculated.
Item IL-HERO ISRAEL 1 LIRA 1961 HERO - ELEPHANT KM34 UNC. $7.00
Israel 1 Lira 1963 North African Hanukkah Lamp

1 LIRA 1963 - NORTH AFRICAN HANUKKAH LAMP 

The 1963 Lira displays an 18th century North African Hanukkah lamp.  It has a mintage of 9928 Uncirculated pieces and 5412 pieces in Proof.
Item IL-AFRICA-PF ISRAEL 1 LIRA 1962 NORTH AFRICAN HANUKKAH LAMP KM42 PROOF $16.00


HISTORIC DESIGNS ON ISRAELI COINS

Israel coin set 1 Agora-5 LirotIsrael’s coins have long been popular with collectors due to their historic designs. Most coins feature the denomination on one side and an historically significant design on the other.    In the 1960’s new coins were introduced. The scalloped edged 1 Agorot features three barley ears, a theme used on an ancient coin Judea of Agrippa (37-44AD). The 5 Agorot features three pomegranates that were from a carving found in an ancient synagogue at Capernaum.  A Date Palm from a coin of the Bar-Kochba revolt (132-135AD) is on the 10 Agorot.  The 25 Agorot features an ancient lyre that was depicted on a Bar-Kochba coin.  A Menorah that was on the Arch of Titus is on the 1/2 Lira.  The 1 Lira pictures 3 pomegranates from a Jewish coin minted during the First Revolt (66 to 70AD).  The nickel 5 Lirot depicts a roaring lion from on an ancient Hebrew seal found in Megiddo.  The 1, 5, and 10 Agorot are aluminum. 
Item IL-SET60 ISRAEL 7 COIN SET 1 AGORA - 5 LIROT 1965-80 UNC-toned $8.00

Israel 6 coin set: 1 Agora - 5 Sheqalim 1980-85In 1980 Israel did a 10 to 1 currency revaluation. 1 New Agorot equaled 10 old Agorot and 1 Sheqel equaled 10 Lirot.  Many of the coins utilized the designs of the previous series.  The 1 new Agorot featured the palm tree from the old 10 Agorot.  The 5 New Agorot had the Menorah from the old 1/2 Lira.  The 10 New Agorot depicts the 3 pomegranates from the old 1 Lira.  The 1/2 Sheqel had the lion from the old 5 Lirot.  The 1 Sheqel depicts a chalice that appeared on a coin of the First Revolt.  A double cornucopia from a coin of John Hyrcanus I is on the 5 Sheqalim.
Item S-IL-SET80 ISRAEL 6 COIN SET 1 AGORA-5 SHEQALIM 1980-85 BU $3.50

Israel Hanukkah SetIn 1985 Israel did a 100 to 1 revaluation of their currency and introduced another new series of coins, which is still in use today. The 1 Sheqel pictures an ancient lily motif that dates back to the 4th century BC.   An ancient harp is on the 1/2 Sheqel.  A seven branched menorah from an ancient carving is on the 10 Agorot.  A coin from the Jewish revolt against Rome dating from 69AD is on the 5 Agorot.  An ancient galley, a motif used on the coins of Herod Archelaus (4 - 6BC), is on the 1 Agorot.   We offer this set of these five coins dating 1986 or later that special Hanukka issues.  The Hanukka coins have the same design as the regular issue except that on the obverse they have a small menorah and the word Hanukka in English and Hebrew.  The coins would often be given as gifts to Children. The five coin set is Uncirculated.
Item IL-SET85 ISRAEL 5 COINS 1 AGORA-1 NEW SHEQEL HANUKKAH UNC. $6.50



NEWSCARCE CONTERVERSIAL COUNTERSTAMPED COINS HEJAZ AND NEJD

Hejaz counterstamp in Maria Theresa ThalerNejd counterstamp on India Rupee 1840Nejd counterstamp on Maria Theresa ThalerHejaz and Nejd counterstamps on Maria Theresa Thaler
Hejaz and Nejd were independent countries after the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 until their unification to form Saudi Arabia in 1932.  Maria Theresa Thalers (MTT) and Indian Rupees both circulated extensively in the area at that time.  These coins were counterstamped with in Arabic with “Nejd” or “Hejaz” The counter-stamps are controversial. They were done by private merchants. Some numismatists accept them at legitimate issues, others claim they questionable made for collector issues.  Either way, they are scarce and popular.  The only coins available for Nejd are the counterstamped coins.   We have a very limited number of the following coins of Hejaz and Nejd.  We have Maria Theresa Thalers counterstamped with Hejaz, Nejd or both which grade Very Fine or better. We also have some East India Company 1840 1 Rupee coins picturing Queen Victoria with the Nejd counterstamp that grade Fine to Very Fine.  The coins have the usual flattening caused by the counterstamp on the reverses.
Item HEJAZ-MTT HEJAZ COUNTERSTAMP ON MARIA THERESA THALER, VF $250.00
Item NEJD-RUP NEJD COUNTERSTAMP ON EAST INDIA COMPANY 1840 1 RUPEE, F-VF $225.00
Item NEJD-MTT NEJD COUNTERSTAMP ON MARIA THERESA THALER, VF $275.00
Item HEJAZ&NEJD HEJAZ & NEJD COUNTERSTAMPS ON MARIA THERESA THALER, VF $375.00



NewSCARCE 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.  The coins catalog $250 in Uncirculated condition.  We managed to get a some Uncirculated examples of this scarce coin at a much better price.
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 from1902 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


SULTANATE OF OMAN COIN SET FEATURES DAGGAR & SWORDS

OMAN COIN SET
In the 17th and 18th centuries, Oman controlled an empire that stretched from Zanzibar to Pakistan.  Its power declined due to internal rivalries.  Today Oman is a Sultanate located in the south-east corner of the Arabian Peninsula.  This five coin set includes the 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 Baisa, dating from 1983 to 2010, in Uncirculated condition.  All five coins depict the national emblem which consists of a Khanjar dagger and crossed swords.
Item OM-SET5 OMAN 5 COIN SET 5-100 BAISA 1983-2010 BU $8.00




UNITED ARAB EMIRATES COMMEMORATIVE DIRHAMS

United Arab Emirates commemorative 1 Dirham coins
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has produced a number of circulating commemorative 1 Dirham coins. Though attractive, the coins do not seem to have gained much attention.  The copper-nickel coins are 24mm in diameter.  The coins all have the same obverse that features the denomination and country’s name.  Our supplier assembled a set of 10 of these attractive coins.  Included is the 2003 World Bank-International Monetary Fund meeting in Dubai.  The 2004 issue honors the 25th anniversary of the founding of First Gulf Bank, a publicly traded bank.  The 2005 issue honors Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi.  She is the third wife of the first President of UAE and is considered the “Mother of the Nation”.  The 2006 issue commemorates the Golden Jubilee of the Dubai Police.  The 75th anniversary of the Sharjah International Airport is on a 2007 issue.  Another 2007 issue honors the 50th Anniversary of Scouting in the UAE.  A 2008 issue commemorates the 10th Anniversary of the Hamdan Bin Rashed Award for Distinguished Academic Performance. Another 2008 issue commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, a publicly traded bank. The 2009 issue honors “World Environment Day” and features a world map. Also included is an undated coin featuring “I LOVE UAE”, a program that is supposed to promote the UAE and inspire its youth.
Item UAE-SET10 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES SET OF 10 1 DIRHAM COINS, BU $35.00



UNITED ARAB EMIRATES COIN SET

United Arab Emirates coin setIn 1971, after Great Britain terminated its promise to protect them from external aggression, seven sheikdoms on the Arabian Peninsula joined together to form the United Arab Emirates.  This three-coin set of the current coins of the United Arab Emirates includes the 1998 25 Fils showing a Gazelle, the 2005 seven-sided 50 Fils showing oil derricks (oil being the source of much of their wealth) and the 1998 1 Dirham showing a coffee pot.  All three coins are Brilliant Uncirculated.
Item S-UAE-SET3 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 3 COIN SET, BU $5.00


YEMEN REPUBLIC SET INCLUDES BI-METALLIC COIN

Yemen 4 coin set: 1 - 20 RialsThis four coin set features the current coins of the Yemen Republic.  The set includes the 2004 bi-metallic 20 Rials that features the  rare and endangered Dragon's Blood Tree. The tree that is found on the island of Sokotra (Sucotra, Sogotra), located approximately 200 miles (340km) off the coast of Yemen in the Indian Ocean.  The sap of the tree has been harvested for medicine since ancient times.   The 10 Rials features the famous 17th century Shaharah stone bridge.  The 32 meter limestone bridge links two mountaintop villages seperated by a gorge.  A government building is on the 5 Rials and a stylized eagle is on the 1 Riyal. All four coins are Uncirculated.
Item S-YE-SET4YEMEN 1, 5, 10 & 20 RIALS SET KM 25-29 1993-2004 UNC. $9.50

 


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All items are guaranteed to be genuine, unless clearly indicated otherwise.
NOTE:  All pictures are of a typical item taken from stock.  Because we have multiples of most items, the item you receive may not look exactly the same, however it will be as described.

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Joel Anderson
PO Box 365
Grover Beach, CA 93483-0365
USA
Phone 1 805 489 8045  Fax 1 805 299 1818
email: orders@joelscoins.com

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