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Common motifs on the Arab coins of West Asia

Started by <k>, March 05, 2014, 04:38:40 PM

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Though we associate the Arab lands with desert, their small boats, sloops and dhows have traditionally been important to them for negotiating their waterways.






Lebanon, 50 pounds, 2006.  Lateen rigged sloop.  This coin was a one-year issue only, as inflation made the denomination worthless.

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Muscat and Oman 5 baiza 1962.jpg

Muscat and Oman, 5 baiza, 1962.  Dhow.
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Kuwait, 10 fils, 1977.  Dhow.
 
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United Arab Emirates, 10 fils, 1973.  Dhow.

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People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, 50 fils, 1984.

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Bahrain, 50 fils, 1992.




Qatar, 50 dirhams, 1998.  Dhow.


Qatar.jpg

Qatar, new common reverse, 2006.
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Notice the palm trees on the Qatari coin in the post above, which brings us to the next subject.

Nutrionally important for their dates and coconuts, palm trees appear on several Arab coins.





The reverse of an Omani 10 baiza coin of 1975.
It was issued as part of the FAO programme and features palm trees and fish.

The inscription reads: "Work on the development of food resources  The Sultanate of Oman".
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Bahrain 10 fils 2009.jpg

Bahrain, 10 fils, 2009.  Palm tree.
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Iraq 1 dinar 1981.jpg



Iraq, 1 dinar, 1981.  Palm trees.
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UAE 1 fils 1973.jpg

United Arab Emirates, 1 fils, 1973.  Palm tree.
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Saudi Arabia 100 halala 1977.JPG

Saudi Arabia, 100 halala, 1977.  Palm tree and swords.
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And the Saudi swords bring us to the Omani swords.

Oman 100 baisa 1984.jpg

Omani, 100 baiza, 1984.
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Yemen 5 Fils 1971.jpg

Yemen, Democratic Republic, 5 fils, 1971.
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The aptly named arabesque used to be a common sight on Arab coins, but it is not so frequently seen nowadays.




Jordan, ½ dinar, 1980.  Arabesque.
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Syria 5 piastres 1948.jpg

The Syrian 5 piastres coin of 1948 features an attractive arabesque.
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