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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 $19.50


NewBI-LINGUAL SILVER COIN OF THE MONGOLS OF PERSIA (ILKHANIDS)

Ilkhan silver dirhem, Arghun 1283-1291ADFollowing the death of Ghenghis Khan in 1227, the Mongolians continued their rapid advance westward.  By the end of the 1230’s they controlled virtually all of Iran.  They appointed governors, who later declared independence. They are known as the Ilkhans.  Arghun, a direct descendent of Ghenghis Khan, ruled over the Ilkhan territories from 1283 until 1291.  Arghun was a devout Buddhist; however he showed great tolerance to other faiths.  He had one of his sons baptized Christian and attempted to make alliances with European powers, including the Pope, France and England, in an effort to drive the Muslim Mameluks out of the Holy Land.  None of the alliances came to fruition, however he was instrumental in Marco Polo’s return to Venice.  Arghun, having lost his favorite wife Bolgana, asked his grand uncle and ally Kublai Khan to send him one of Bolgana's relatives as a new bride. Marco Polo was given the task of accompanying the princess through land and sea routes, navigating on a Mongolian ship through the Indian Ocean to Persia. The journey took two years and Arghun was assassinated in the meantime, so the princess instead married his son instead.  Arghun’s principal silver coin, the dirham, was bilingual.  One side was in Mongolian, written in Uighur script and the other in Arabic, containing the kalmia of the Islamic faith.   It is an interesting coin from an interesting monarch.
Item ILK-ARGHUN ILKHAN SILVER DIRHAM OF ARGHUN 1283-1291 VG-F-CRUDE $19.50



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.

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



ATTRACTIVE COINS FROM EGYPT Restocked

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


CONTROVERSIAL FIRST COINS OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN

Iran 20 Rials 1979 KM1244Iran 10 Rials 1979 1st Anniversary of Revolution KM1243 Iran 1 Rial KM1245
Shortly after coming into power in 1979, the revolutionary Islamic government of Iran issued thee circulating commemorative coins which caused a bit of a stir in some diplomatic circles.  The 31mm copper-nickel 20 Rials 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.  The coin is dated using both the Muslim lunar and Muslim solar calendars: AH1400 and SH1358, which corresponds to (AD1979).  The coin catalogs for $15.00, however our price is much less.  The 28mm copper-nickel 10 Rials commemorates the first anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.  During the revolution Iranians occupied the United States embassy and seized embassy personnel.  The coin depicts three tulips.  The coin is dated SH1358 (AD1979).  It catalogs for $15.00, however our price is much less.  The 20mm aluminum-bronze clad steel 1 Rial coin commemorates World Jerusalem Day (Quds Day).  The day was initiated in 1979 by the Islamic Republic 1979 to express solidarity with Palestine and oppose Zionism and Israel’s control of Jerusalem.  The coin pictures 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 coin is dated SH1359 (AD1980).   The reverses of all the coins have the denomination within a wreath.
Item IR-20R IRAN 20 RIALS 1979 1400th ANNIVERSARY OF HIJRA KM1244 BU $7.00
Item IR-10R IRAN 10 RIALS 1979 1st. ANNIV. OF REVOLUTION KM1243 BU$7.00
Item IR-1R IRAN 1 RIAL 1980 DOME OF THE ROCK KM1245 UNC. $4.00
Item IR-SET3 IRAN SET OF ALL 3 OF THE ABOVE COINS, $16.00


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



IRANIAN BANKNOTE FEATURES AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI

Iran 10000 Rials P146greduced size image
The portrait and watermark of Ayatollah Khomeini are featured on this 10,000 Rials note from the Islamic Republic of Iran.  He was the leader of the Iranian revolution that overthrew the Shah and supported of the taking of the hostages at the American Embassy in Tehran.  The back of the note features Mount Damavand. The mountain is said to hold magical powers and is a symbol against despotism and foreign rule in Persian poetry and literature. When the note was introduced in 1992 it was the highest value note produced by Iran.  It contains numerous sophisticated security devices, including a printed metallic security thread, microprinting, a latent image and embedded fibers that are only visible under ultra-violet light.  The front of the note is in Farsi and the back is in English.   Due to the recent fall in the value of the Iranian Rial, we can offer this attractive note at less than half of its $9.00 catalog value.
Item PM-IR-10K IRAN 10,000 RIALS BANK NOTE, (1992-2013) P146g UNC. $4.00



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 2005 to 2011.  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. 
Item JO-SET5 JORDAN 5 COIN SET 1 QIRSH - 1/2 DINAR 2005-2011 UNC. $8.00


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


BRITISH PALESTINE COIN SET

British Palestine coin set: 1 2 & 5 MilsThe British gained control of Palestine from the Ottoman Empire after World War I.  Following World War II Israel was created out of part of Palestine. Proposals for peace in the middle east have called for a new Palestinian homeland, so Palestine may yet re-emerge as an independent nation. This three-coin set includes the bronze 1, 2 and 5 Mils issued for Palestine between 1927 and 1946 while it was still under British control.  In order to satisfy the Jews and Arabs in the territory, as well as their British rulers, the coins have their legends in three different languages, Arabic, English and Hebrew and the date in both the AD and AH calendar.  
Item PS-SET3 PALESTINE 3 COIN SET: 1, 2 & 5 MILS 1927-46 VF $10.00


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. $35.00


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 1961 Hasmonian Hero

1 LIRA 1961- DEATH OF A HASMONEAN HERO - THE ELEPHANT COIN! 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. $8.00
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


NEWISRAEL HONORS JEWISH HEROES WITH UNUSUAL DESIGNS

Israel 10 Sheqalim 1984 Theodor Herzl, 50 Sheqalim 1985 David Ben-Gurion, 100 Sheqalim Ze'ez Jabotinsky In 1984 and 1985 Israel issued three circulating commemoratives featuring unusual modernistic designs created from tiny images. The coins honor Jewish heroes whose work led to the establishment of Israel.  The 1984 10 Sheqalim depicts a portrait of Theodor Herzl formed from the Hebrew letters of his initials.  Herzl was an Austro-Hungarian journalist and writer who is the father of modern political Zionism.  The copper-nickel coin is 26mm in diameter.  The 1985 50 Sheqalim depicts the portrait of David Ben-Gurion formed out of tiny menorahs.  He is considered the primary founder of Israel and was its first Prime Minister.   The 28mm coin is struck in aluminum-bronze.  The 29mm copper-nickel 1985 Sheqalim depicts Russian Revisionist Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky created from tiny six pointed stars.  All three coins also include Israel’s national emblem which features a Menorah and the name of the country in English, Hebrew and Arabic.  The reverse of each coin features the denomination and date.   It is an attractive set with unusual design features.  
Item IL-SET3 ISRAEL 3 COIN SET, 10-100 SHEQALIM, HEROS, 1984-85 BU $7.00



SCARCE 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, KM18 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 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 sure to be in demand.
Item HEJAZ10P HEJAZ 10 PIASTRES Br.X2  ANTIQUED UNC. $95.00


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.  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 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


ERROR DATE ON COIN OF THE MUTAWAKKILITE KINGDOM OF YEMEN

Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen 1/80 Riyal (1 Halala) Y11.1 AH1275 error dateThe mint for the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen was one of the last "medieval" mints in the 20th Century.  Dies were be hand cut, apparently by illiterate craftsmen, resulting in a number of over dates and error dates.  This Brilliant Uncirculated red bronze 1/80 Riyal (1 Halala) was minted in AH1378 (1958AD), however the date on the coin is AH1278, a hundred years prior.  The engraver left off a loop on the Arabic numeral 3.  The coin catalogs $12.00 in XF, and is not even priced is Uncirculated.  The coin is an original Brilliant Uncirculated, though is a bit crudely struck due to the primitive minting techniques.  It is an interesting error date coin, however we have not priced it at a premium for the grade and type.
Item YE-11 YEMEN 1/80 RIYAL 'AH1278' ERROR DATE (1958AD) Y11.1 BU $10.00


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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