Yemen 1/80 Riyal (1/2 Buqsha) 1911 to 1920
There are several Yemenese coins that look something like this one, but only the 1/80 riyal from AH1322 has the ring of stars on the back interrupted only at the top and the bottom by Arabic lettering. Of course, Walter, we are making an educated guess that we have found the coin you describe. It seems to match in most of the areas you provided. These coins are not easy to find, in catalogs and in real life. They carry good value.
The coin in our picture comes from respected dealer Stephen Album Rare Coins in Santa Rosa, California, and CoinQuest thanks Stephen for use of his coin photo. This coin sold for $110 US dollars in a 2013 auction. It was produced in 1330AH (1911AD), as shown on the side with the stars and circle
Catalog values for these coins run like this:
worn: $25 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $250
Stephen's (pictured) coin is in nice condition. The characters are easily visible and the surfaces are not dark or corroded. If the coin were difficult to read and unattractive, even with minimal wear, the price would be much lower. Worn coins, as always, are worth much less.
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Requested by: Walter, Fri, 08-Aug-2014 04:04:58 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 08-Aug-2014 15:03:20 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sat, 20-Aug-2016 13:19:26 GMT
Requester description: 1904 The coin is definitely of Arabic origins (I am thinking either Yemen or Saudi Arabia)and made of Copper. On the front, it has a pattern of various Arabic like symbols. It has two semi-circle's separating it into top, middle, and bottom parts. Above the uppermost semicircle is the date, in Arabic, saying 1322, along with other Arabic characters, one of which looks like a line ending in a hump. The middle part has arabic characters as well,this time looking like a squiggly line going across the coin, with two small dots located at the right end, where the line stops. The part below the second semicircle has squiggly lines coming up from the bottom of the coins, as if the lines were plants, but only on the right side. On the left side, there are Arabic characters that vaguely look like 2 W's on top of one another, and a cursive r on top of both of them. On the back of this coin is a circular border of stars, with a squiggly line on the very top to interrupt the border of stars. There is a defined circle, not containing the stars, that has what I believe to be a Tughra looking figure. The rest of the back is a bit too worn to make out. Thanks for helping me out with this coin.
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