IRAQ & KURDISTAN COINS & CURRENCY
SADDAM & MEDIEVAL
HORSEMEN ON IRAQ 25 DINAR NOTE
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
portrait. The back shows the ancient gate of Babylon at the
below it is a lion frieze. In the center is the Martyr’s
(al-Shaheed) in Baghdad which was dedicated in
the note was issued it had an exchange rate of approximately $80 and
was the largest denomination in circulation. It was in use at
time of the invasion of Iraq in Operation Desert Storm in
In 1993 the note was suddenly withdrawn and declared worthless.
PM-IQ-25D IRAQ 25 DINAR NOTE, 1986 SADDAM P73
PM-IQ-25Dx10 10 of the above IRAQ 25 DINAR
NOTES, 1986 P73
PM-IQ-25Dx100 100 of the above IRAQ 25 DINAR
NOTES, 1986 P73
GULF WAR NOTE
This 1992 5 Dinars note of Iraq was issued after Iraq's defeat in
the First Gulf War. The country was under a United Nations
embargo so was unable to utilize its regular bank note printers.
Instead it utilized a Chinese printer that was willing to
break the embargo. The quality of the notes left much to be
desired, however they filled the need and were pressed into service.
The red note features a portrait of Saddam Hussein with an
underprint of an ancient temple. The back features Iraq's
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a small vignette of an ancient carving
of Hammurabi in conversation with the sun god Shamash. As an
anti-conterfeiting measure, the note contains threads that fluoresce
blue and orange under Ultra-Violet light. The note is
PM-IQ-5D IRAQ 5 DINARS NOTE 1992 P80
PM-IQ-5Dx10 TEN of the above IRAQ 5
DINARS NOTES 1992 P80
1995 250 DINAR NOTE
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,
notes were printed locally on an offset press and lacked the
anti-counterfeiting devices found on most banknotes today.
PM-IQ-250D IRAQ 250 DINAR NOTE, 1995 SADDAM
PM-IQ-250Dx10 10 of the above IRAQ 250 DINAR
PM-IQ-250Dx100 100 of the above IRAQ 250
ALSO SEE:THE GREATEST BANK HEIST OF ALL TIME: KUWAIT 1 DINAR "CONTRABAND" NOTE (1990) P13d
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.
INVASION COIN SET
released three 2004 dated
coins: a 25, 50 and 100 Dinar. They are the first coins
since for circulation since the First Gulf War in 1990 and were issued
as part of America’s plan to bring stability to the country.
Since then no additional coins have been issued for circulation. The
coins have a very simple design. One side shows a map of
showing the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and the date in both the AH and
AD Calendar. The other side shows the denomination and
inscriptions in Arabic. The 25 Dinars is copper plated-steel,
50 Dinars is brass plated steel and the 100 Dinar is nickel-plated
IQ-SET3 IRAQ 25, 50 & 100
DINAR 2004 KM175-177 UNC. $4.00
COINS OF KURDISTAN
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. Though the Kurds greatly
assisted the United States by providing ground forces to fight ISIS in
Syria and Iraq, in 2019 the United States again betrayed by withdrawing
United States troops and abandoning them to Turkish and Russian
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.
The 2003 10 Dinar depicts a fallow deer. The 39mm coin is
struck in copper-nickel.
The reverses of all the coins depicts the
Kurdish emblem featuring the sun rising over three
1 DINAR 2003 Br.X1.2 UNC.
10 DINARS 2003 FALLOW DEER