The Duck & Cover Kabul, Afghanistan.

Started by malj1, June 12, 2013, 04:11:38 AM

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What a great name for a pub in a war zone.

My latest acquisition, The Duck & Cover 50 Cent Pog from Kabul Afghanistan.

Professional pub sign painter Nick Hallard has completed his strangest order ever – for a bar in downtown Kabul.

Nick Hallard's Duck and Cover sign. More here.
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In the link, the painter explains that 1387 is AH. A great sense of humour indeed. Makes you wish he was a coin collector. That does make the pog a prize piece!

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


I may be underestimating the tenacity of the Duck and Cover's licensee, but I would be surprised if the date is AH, since AH 1387 is AD 1977. The establishment has therefore lived through the Soviet occupation, the civil war that ultimately brought the Taliban to power, Taliban rule itself as well as the post-2001 chaos.

On the other hand SH 1387 is AD 2009 (add 1387 solar, i.e. 365,25-day years to the date of the Hijra, AD 622). This sounds more likely. The solar Islamic calendar is used in Iran and may also be used in Afghanistan, especially by Shi'a Muslims.


In the link it says "Persian Calendar" - this is "SH" as used on current Afghan and Iranian coins....

Thanks Mr Paul Baker


The phrase "duck and cover" is sort of a joke in America today. When I was a kid, we were taught that in the event of a nuclear attack we should duck under our desks and cover our heads. Today it means a useless type of protection.
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This POG is issued by the Blue Dot Store on the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  These POGs are new to Afghanistan (2013) and are only issued in the 50 cent denomination in the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

My source tells me that there have been fewer than 1,000 made.

Have a look at  my tokens and my banknotes.