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Collecting coins => Fakes and imitations => Topic started by: jkk on June 16, 2019, 07:11:16 PM

Title: Morocco 4 fulus?
Post by: jkk on June 16, 2019, 07:11:16 PM
7.02g, 28.4mm. The original labeler considered it an unlisted (in Krause, anyway) type of Moroccan 3 fulus coin. I believe the weight is more consistent with a 4 fulus (modern coining authorities are not helping me by making the plural of 'fils' into either 'fulus' or 'filsa' for reasons arcane to me). I was perplexed even how to orient the obverse. There seems to be Arabic script (a zarb perhaps?), with a date on bottom...but ?821? Unless we are to imagine this coin from the early 1500s or so, and that they would back then have chosen to use the western version of Arabic numerals, that would be a very weird way to write 1821. Or we flip it, being consistent with all the actual 1800s Moroccan copper by using AH date (128?, perhaps 1284)--but then we have the Arabic script upside down. In the end, I decided in favor of the script I recognized over a date which theoretically could go either way. Any ID wisdom would be appreciated.
(https://jkkelleydotorg.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/4fulus_obv-1.jpg)
(https://jkkelleydotorg.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/4fulus_rev-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Morocco 4 fulus?
Post by: jkk on June 21, 2019, 12:12:27 AM
Well, seems it's a perplexer to others also. That at least makes me feel a little less clueless! :)
Title: Re: Morocco 4 fulus?
Post by: Figleaf on June 23, 2019, 09:54:45 AM
I think this is a contemporary forgery of Morocco Craig 166.2. See note in KM below the catalogue number.

Peter
Title: Re: Morocco 4 fulus?
Post by: jkk on June 23, 2019, 04:41:11 PM
I reckon you're right, Peter. It's the only explanation that begins to make sense.