I really like the design of these coins. Especially the reverse, the side with the crossed cornucopiae (horns of plenty). The design resembles that of ancient Nabataean coinage, minted in roughly the same area two thousand years ago.
While the 10 piastre denomination were only struck for a single year, in 1929, the 25 and 50 piastre coins were minted in 1933 and 1936 as well. See below for values:
worn: $2 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $7
well preserved: $25
fully uncirculated: $70
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $30
fully unciculated: $90
25 piastres dated 1933 are less common and catalog at $17 average circulated, $140 fully uncirculated
average circulated: $22
well preserved: $55
fully uncirculated: $160
50 piastres dated 1933 are less common and catalog at $28 average circulated, $220 fully uncirculated
The 50 piastres in our image comes from the Swiss International Coin Auction SINCONA where it sold for 900 Swiss Francs (about $1000 US dollars) in a 2011 auction. Compared to the $160 catalog price, this coin demonstrates how much catalogs are 'only a guide' to actual coin pricing. The elements and atmosphere of the SINCONA auction were just right for emphasizing the beauty and desirability of this particular coin. CoinQuest thanks SINCONA for use of their coin photo.
Damaged coins will be worth about a dollar the 10 piastres, a couple dollars for the 25 piastres, and a few dollars for the 50 piastres. All values used on this page are catalog values. Please see our Important Terminology on the top left in order to convert into actual buy and sales values.