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Saudi Arabia 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, and 4 Ghirsh  1937 to 1959
Saudi Arabia 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, and 4 Ghirsh 1937 to 1959

The palm trees and crossed swords mean Saudi Arabia. But the rest is difficult for Westerners.

The first step is to figure out the date and denomination. This is easy with the help of the chart which gives eastern Arabic numerals alongside Arabic numerals. The date of the 2 ghirsh coin in our picture is 1379, which may seem like a long time ago. But, in fact, it is fairly recent. To convert from Islamic (Hijri, AH) to Western (Gregorian, BC, AD) date, use the IslamicFinder.org web site. AH dates are about 600 years earlier than AD dates, since the AH calendar is based on the time that Mohammed lived, about 600 years after Jesus Christ.

Note also, in our secondary picture, that some of the smaller denominations do not carry the palm/sword emblem.

Value-wise, since these are modern coins made of copper-nickel, they are not valuable. A collector might pay $5 to $10 US dollars to add a *fully, absolutely uncirculated* specimen to his or her collection, but, for most coins, the value is less than $1 US dollar:

MOST COINS, EXCEPT AS CALLED OUT BELOW:
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $3
fully uncirculated: $8

There are three noted exceptions to the values above. They are:

1356AH 1/4 ghirsh is worth $10 in average circulated condition, $100 in fully uncirculated

1356AH 1/2 ghirsh is worth $20 in average circulated condition, $150 in fully uncirculated

1356AH 1 ghirsh is worth $15 in average circulated condition, $120 in fully uncirculated

Use our Important Terminology page to convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values.

Coin: 12155 , Genre: Islamic Hindu Buddhist
Requested by: amie, Tue, 14-Aug-2012 18:11:02 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 04-May-2013 03:30:31 GMT
Reviewed by Chris - Appraisal OK, Wed, 14-Jan-2015 03:50:41 GMT
Requester description: on one side there is hard to tell squiggles of lines with a backwards looking three under it and then for symbles under that. on other side there is more odd looking squiggles around the edge and in the center there are to swords of some sort crossed under a palm looking tree I would say this coin is difficult to describe. fairly certain this coin is egyptian but not sure.
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Comments

I have a 1956 BC/ 1376 AH 2 Ghirsh coin from saudi Arabia in average circulated condition, how much is it worth?
About $1 US dollar or less - CoinQuest (Paul)

  

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