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Coinage of the United Arab Emirates
« on: March 31, 2014, 07:13:17 PM »



The United Arab Emirates are located in the Arabian peninsula and border Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south. The country is a federation of seven emirates (equivalent to principalities). The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. The capital is Abu Dhabi. The seven hereditary emirs jointly form the Federal Supreme Council, which governs the country. The Emir of Abu Dhabi is traditionally selected as the President, and therefore head of state, of the United Arab Emirates.

The country was established in 1971, after Britain informed the individual sheikhdoms, which were separate British protectorates at the time, that it could no longer afford to defend them. Qatar and Bahrain were invited to join the United Arab Emirates, but declined.

 
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Re: Coinage of the United Arab Emirates
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2014, 07:17:26 PM »

Map of the United Arab Emirates.



Key to map.

1. Abu Dhabi.
2. Ajman.
3. Dubai.
4. Fujairah.
5. Ras al-Khaimah.
6. Sharjah.
7. Umm al-Qawain.
8. Jointly controlled by Ajman and Oman.
9. Jointly controlled by Fujairah and Sharjah.

The population of the UAE is currently estimated at around 9.2 million. Of the seven emirates, Abu Dhabi and Dubai have the highest and second highest populations respectively.

 
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Re: Coinage of the United Arab Emirates
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2014, 07:28:54 PM »
The UAE issued its first circulation coinage in 1973, in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 fils, and 1 dirham. The obverse of the coins was quite plain, showing the country name in Arabic and English, along with the denomination. Some of the obverses can be seen below.
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Re: Coinage of the United Arab Emirates
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2014, 07:37:10 PM »


The reverse of the 1 fils coin features date palms.

Unusually for an Arab country, the reverse designs formed a typically modern thematic set with varied subjects. The coins were produced at the Royal Mint, UK, and the designs were the work of English artist, engraver and sculptor, Geoffrey Colley.

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Re: Coinage of the United Arab Emirates
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2014, 07:45:05 PM »


The 5 fils reverse depicts a spangled emperor fish (Lethrinus nebulosus).  The fish has several different common names.


The text reads: "Clean oceans produce more food for mankind".
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Re: Coinage of the United Arab Emirates
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2014, 07:46:10 PM »


The 10 fils reverse features a superb Arab dhow.

 
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Re: Coinage of the United Arab Emirates
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2014, 07:51:05 PM »


An Arab dune gazelle appears on the reverse of the 25 fils.



The animal has various common names, but its scientific name is Gazella leptoceros.
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Re: Coinage of the United Arab Emirates
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2014, 07:52:37 PM »
Oil derricks are featured on the 50 fils. The Arab world is noted for its oil wealth.
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Re: Coinage of the United Arab Emirates
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2014, 07:56:16 PM »


The reverse of the 1 dirham coin, the highest denomination, shows an Arab coffee can.
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Re: Coinage of the United Arab Emirates
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2014, 08:02:51 PM »
In 1995 the diameter of the 50 fils coin was reduced from 25mm to 21mm, and its shape changed from round to heptagonal.

In 1996 the diameter of the 5 fils coin was reduced from 22mm to 17mm, whilst  the 10 fils coin was reduced from 27mm to 19mm.

All of the coins retained the same designs.
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Re: Coinage of the United Arab Emirates
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2014, 08:04:44 PM »


UAE has issued several commemorative coins over the years. This 5 dirham coin of 1981 depicts a Berber falcon.
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Re: Coinage of the United Arab Emirates
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2014, 08:05:31 PM »
Some more very modern and attractive designs from recent years.
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