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Iraq 1 Fils  1959
Iraq 1 Fils 1959

That sure is an unusual shape, Nbirko! Not many countries have struck coins in a decagonal shape. This one is a 1 fils coin from Iraq, dated 1959. The slightly teardrop-shaped oval is not a zero but in fact an Arabic numeral 5. The reverse design is also pretty unique, featuring an eight-pointed star with a few symbolic objects and the country's motto in the center.

Though eye-catching, tens of millions were struck, and catalog values remain low. Nice looking specimens can sometimes be sold to interested collectors for one or two US dollars. The one in our picture acquired some striking blue and orange toning somewhere along the way from 1959 to now. This is probably due to exposure to an atomosphere laden with cleaning chemicals. These coins are cool additions to any collection of Middle Eastern or Islamic coins!

Coin: 17526 , Genre: Islamic Hindu Buddhist
Requested by: Nbirko, Mon, 04-Aug-2014 16:53:58 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 04-Aug-2014 17:28:01 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sun, 14-Aug-2016 20:35:20 GMT
Requester description: 1909 1909 decagon shape copper coin from iraq. arabic writing. unable to read.
Tags: iraq 1 fils fil decagon shape copper arabic arab coppers bronze coppery brass cupro aribic arabian arabia sword grain wheat wreath circle ring rays ray beams star starburst sworeds swordlike swords broadsword grains wheatie weat wheats greenery wreathed rief reif reef wreathe wreat garland wreth wreah wreaths circled encircle crrcle cirle circlet circles circlr circal citcle encircled ringed circumscibed cirlce circel encircles encircling rings circling cirlces circular cicurling circumscribed radiating radiates raduate beam readiate radiate radiant starrs stars burst

  

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