Clandestine coiners caught! Thanks to Pabitra Saha for forwarding this article and video about the apparent capture of ISIS coin makers
in Turkey. Thanks also to David Pickup for sending another article from The Times on the topic. -Editor
Six people linked to Islamic State have been arrested on charges of illegally minting coins in the Turkish province of Gaziantep, according
to the local governor's office. It comes just one month after the group released a propaganda video showing off its currency. The Gaziantep
Police Department's counter-terrorism unit on Wednesday confiscated minted coins, 12 coining blocks, 56 coins in four sizes, and other materials
used in the minting of coins, Turkish daily Milliyet reported Wednesday.
A video posted online reportedly shows the confiscated coins and equipment.
The Gaziantep Governor's Office said it had acted on a tipoff about members of Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) establishing a mint
to coin its own money.
It comes just one month after ISIS released a propaganda video showing images allegedly showing the minting and circulation of the
I haven't seen anything in the numismatic or mainstream press about this yet. YouTube videos aren't the most credible source, but
the images do seem to depict real coin dies and minting equipment. With this material confiscated and in the hands of the Turkish
government, I would encourage museums to reach out to their counterparts in Turkey to pursue possible acquisitions for their collections.
These artifacts are important relics of today's headline events, and can be used to tell the story to future generations. -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
ISIS currency mint found in Turkey, 6 arrested
To read the complete Times article, see:
Turkish police raid illicit mint making Isis currency
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
ISIS TO ISSUE ITS OWN COINAGE? (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n47a25.html)
COIN WORLD: ISIS COINAGE IMPROBABLE (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n48a22.html)
ARE ISIS COINS BEING MINTED IN CHINA?
IMAGES SURFACE OF PURPORTED ISIS COINS
ISIS VIDEO SHOWS GOLD DINARS BEING MINTED
Wayne Homren, Editor
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