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Oman: Fort of Muscat, 1894

Started by <k>, January 13, 2014, 04:09:37 PM

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Oman, ΒΌ anna, 1894.  Fort of Muscat.






Oman, 1/12 anna, 1894.  Fort of Muscat.




Does anybody know the reason for the minting of these one-year coins? It is unusual for coins of this date and this region to carry thematic / representational designs such as this.
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Afrasi

In 1889 (1306/1307) the Bombay Mint ceased the production of copper coins leading to a shortage of small coins in Oman. So Sultan Feisal bin Turki did let strike these coins in Muscat. The ready blanks and also the dies came most probably from a mint of the Princely States. The machine was probaly a British one, which was able to strike one or two coins a second. The motive shows Fort Jalali to the left and the Sultan's palace to the right. The Ghazi, the 1/12 Anna, became not popular, so only the Quarter Anna was struck with a different design in many variants from 1312 to 1316 loosing more  and more of its weight.

Source:
Darley-Doran: History of Currency in the Sultanate of Oman. Muscat, 1990.

<k>

Thank you very much for those details, Afrasi.  ;)
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