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Algeria animal coin series of 1992
« on: August 11, 2018, 11:48:30 PM »
In 1992 Algeria issued a new design series. Surprisingly, the whole set featured animals. Not only was it unusual for an Arab country to feature animals on its circulation coins, but these designs had a style all of their own.

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Re: Algeria animal coin series of 1992
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2018, 11:52:28 PM »
The quarter dinar features a beautiful fennec fox. It remains the only coin in the world to do so, to my knowledge.

According to numista.com, the fox is "surrounded with a stylized pattern inspired by a traditional Algerian jewel".

This coin is made of aluminium-magnesium, an unusual alloy for a coin.

The reverse designs of this set all show beautiful and unusual configurations of numerals.

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Re: Algeria animal coin series of 1992
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2018, 11:54:35 PM »
The half dinar is made of steel and features the head of a Barbary horse. From numista: "It is surrounded with a stylized pattern inspired by a saddle adornment from the period of Abd al-Qadir".

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Re: Algeria animal coin series of 1992
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2018, 11:57:17 PM »
The stainless steel 1 dinar coin features a prehistoric buffalo taken from a rock painting. The reverse shows a figure 1 in the form of a Neolithic spearhead.

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Re: Algeria animal coin series of 1992
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2018, 11:59:17 PM »
The stainless steel 2 dinar coin features the head of a dromedary, surrounded with a stylized pattern inspired by the Almoravid architecture. The reverse features an architectural detail from the Almoravid era.

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Re: Algeria animal coin series of 1992
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2018, 12:03:24 AM »
The stainless steel 5 dinar coin features the head of an elephant, surrounded with a stylized pattern inspired by a Numidian mosaic.

The reverse features an item from the mortuary furniture of Massinissa, first King of Numidia.

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Re: Algeria animal coin series of 1992
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2018, 12:05:50 AM »
The head of a Barbary falcon graces the obverse of the 10 dinar coin, which is composed of a bimetallic aluminium-magnesium center within a stainless steel ring.

The reverse features an epigraphic pattern from the Merinide era.

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Re: Algeria animal coin series of 1992
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2018, 12:08:44 AM »
On the 20 dinar obverse, the head of a Barbary lion is surrounded with a stylized pattern inspired by architecture of the Hammadid dynasty.

The reverse references a brooch decorated with a bird's head. This dates back to the Hammadid era.

The coin is composed of a bimetallic brass center within a stainless steel ring.

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Re: Algeria animal coin series of 1992
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2018, 12:12:29 AM »
On the 50 dinar obverse, the head of a dama gazelle is surrounded with a stylized pattern inspired by the arches of the Ottoman period.

The figure 50 on the reverse is in the style of an architectural item from the Ottoman era.

The coin is composed of a bimetallic stainless steel center within an aluminium-bronze ring.

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Re: Algeria animal coin series of 1992
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2018, 12:18:38 AM »
The 100 dinar coin features the head of an Arabian horse.

The reverse shows a palm tree and two horses' heads inside a stylised figure "100". is inscribed inside a pattern shaped like a door from the southern Algeria. The numeral "1" that contains the palm tree is shaped like a typical door from southern Algeria.

The coin consists of an aluminium-bronze center within a stainless steel ring.

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Re: Algeria animal coin series of 1992
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2018, 12:21:08 AM »
These beautiful images are Ulmo of numista.com.

Thanks also to numista for the illuminating descriptions of the reverse designs of these fascinating coins.

This is truly a marvellous set. The fennec fox is my favourite of the obverse designs.

Does any other coin contain magnesium or such unusual alloys?

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Re: Algeria animal coin series of 1992
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2018, 12:29:53 AM »
The 10 dinars is my second favourite. Here is a nice image of the coin.

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Re: Algeria animal coin series of 1992
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2018, 11:35:36 AM »
The 10 dinars is my second favourite. Here is a nice image of the coin.

Only monochrome bimetallic coin, to the best of my knowledge

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Re: Algeria animal coin series of 1992
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2018, 11:36:44 AM »
Yes, it has a most unusual composition.

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Re: Algeria animal coin series of 1992
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2018, 03:09:21 PM »
According to numista.com, the fox is "surrounded with a stylized pattern inspired by a traditional Algerian jewel".

Perhaps. I have indeed seen similar jewellery, where the lines would be a white metal and the dots a blue-green stone. Ironically, though it is often described as North African, it seemed to be the favourite of much persecuted Jewish Yemenite silver smiths, who like to combine it with filigree silver work. The jewellery shown is probably vintage Israeli-Yemenite work, as it uses "Eilat stone". The stone I have in mind is closer to blue and usually much smaller.

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