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Morocco 1953 100 Francs
« on: March 04, 2011, 02:26:05 AM »
I just spotted this coin while Googling. I know or understand nothing about it, but the design is superb, particularly the inner ("never-ending") star on the reverse.
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Re: Morocco 1953 100 Francs
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2011, 03:00:27 AM »
I just spotted this coin while Googling. I know or understand nothing about it, but the design is superb, particularly the inner ("never-ending") star on the reverse.


There are some gorgeous geometric designs on Moroccan coinage, earlier silver in particular.  The presentation at the last RNSNZ meeting was on the coinage of the period from about 1890 to 1920, which I'd never really looked at closely before.  Some of those are really impressive.


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Re: Morocco 1953 100 Francs
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2011, 12:55:51 PM »
Yes, it's a nice silver coin ,MOHAMED V 1927 -1962 (standard coinage)

From the same period :
5 Francs 1933 ,silver, 5 gr
500 Francs 1956 ,silver, 22,5 gr
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Re: Morocco 1953 100 Francs
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2011, 01:02:53 PM »
Abd al-Hafiz  1908 -1912  reform coinage

1/4 Rial (2 1/2 Dirhams) 1911,silver, 6,25 gr
Rial (10 Dirhams) 1911, silver, 25 gr

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Re: Morocco 1953 100 Francs
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2011, 12:11:24 AM »
Agreed. Super designs. Newbies sometimes take the 6-pointed star for a "star of David"...

These are excellent coins to practice your Arabic on, Plant's book in hand.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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Re: Morocco 1953 100 Francs
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2014, 05:27:48 PM »
Here's another beauty from Morocco: an "essai" of an issued design. The geometric designs and arabesques are wonderfully intricate.

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Re: Morocco 1953 100 Francs
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2014, 05:28:25 PM »
Look at the top image here. Amid all the curly and rounded shapes, you find a sharply geometric pattern, halfway down either side of the coin rim. Does it have any particular meaning in Arab culture, or could it just be a rim device?

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Re: Morocco 1953 100 Francs
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2014, 09:51:13 PM »
As far as I know it's just a slightly stylized use of one of the standard ornaments you find on Islamic coins, see the Ilkhanid piece from 1321 below where it appears four times sideways.

I don't know of any significance except as a useful space filler, but I'd be interested to find out if anyone else knows.

Alan

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Re: Morocco 1953 100 Francs
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2014, 12:05:39 AM »
Yes, a very similar ornament.  8)

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Re: Morocco 1953 100 Francs
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2014, 12:29:04 AM »
Originally it is a tamgha.