Last week a web site visitor currently based in Syria asked whether coins he'd recently obtained were issued by the terrorist organization ISIS (or ISIL). -Editor
Chip Howell writes:
From what I can read, these coins say "Islamic State" across the top, and "Caliphate for the Prophet's Pathway" across the bottom. They are all dated 1437 or 1438
(~2015/2016). The metal & fineness is listed at left: nahas (copper; 97.5) or fidha (silver: 99.9). At right is the weight in grams: 5 fils (3g), 10 fils (6g), 25 fils (20g), 1 dirham (3g), & 2
dirhams (6g). The obverse of the dirhams appears to depict "almasjid alaqsa" i.e., the famous mosque in Jerusalem. I wish I could see the 25 fils obverse better: it looks like the
recreation of a classic coin, but I can't quite make it out.
Thanks, Chip! I recall receiving another response on the topic, but seem to have misplaced it - it regards the orientation of some of the images in the earlier article, which as
I suspected, were rotated. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: WERE THESE COINS MADE BY ISIS? (http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/esylum_v21n01a32.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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