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Countermarks from the Gulf of Aden

Started by Harald, March 03, 2013, 02:29:36 PM

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There are three types of countermarks that were probably produced in the area of the Gulf of Aden, near the Bab al-Mandab.
They are attributed to the trade posts of Djibouti, Obock and Sheick Sa'id (which does no longer exist). It is not clear if they
are authentic in the sense that the countermarks were applied to validate coins.

The countermarks are usually found on Indian rupees, sometimes on Maria Theresia Thalers, the common trade coins in the

The reading of the countermarks  goes

Sheick Sa'id
الشيخ سعيد في رأس باب المندب
[alšaix saˁīd fī ra's bāb ulmandab]
= Sheick Sa'id at the Cape of Bab al-Mandab

بسم ﷲ الرحمن الرحيم ٫ضرب في أبخ – ٩٢٦
[bism illah alraħman alraħīm, ḍuriba fī ubux – 926]
= in the name of God, the merciful and compassionate, struck in Obock (the meaning of "926" is not known, most probably abjad numerology)

عبد لطيف ٫صائغ الفضة بجيبوتي
[ˁabdi laṭīf, ṣā'iġ ulfiḍḍă biǧībūtī]
= Abdi Latif, silver smith in Djibouti

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Harald (monetary history & numismatic linguistics)


I have never seen them before, here in India.

Does that mean that these coins never came back to India, after they were countermarked?



These c/m's are not genuine. They were done by a seller in California.