Medal: Iraq Ali ibn Abi Talib Commemorative  1918
Medal: Iraq Ali ibn Abi Talib Commemorative 1918

Ali ibn Abi Talib (Ali Ben Abi Taleb) was the cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, ruling over the Islamic Caliphate from 656 to 661AD. He was a son of Abu Talib and was the first young male to accept Islam. Ali is honored in all Muslim traditions. Sunnis consider Ali the fourth and final ruler of the Rashidun (rightly guided Caliphs), while Shias regard Ali as the first Imam after Muhammad, and consider him and his descendants the rightful successors to Muhammad. The sayings of Ali are profound:

It is wise to obey those who are above you, respect those who are in your rank, and be fair to those who are below you.
He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere
Do for this life as if you live forever, do for the afterlife as if you die tomorrow.
A wise man first thinks and then speaks and a fool speaks first and then thinks.
The date on these medals is AH1337 which, according to IslamicFinder, is 1918AD.

As to value, we have not seen a lot of auction results for this piece which is made of non-precious metal. A few eBay auctions provide some guidance for medals on the secondary market. Non-religious collectors might pay according to these catalog values:

worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $8
well preserved: $16
fully uncirculated: $25

Religious collectors would probably pay higher prices than those shown.

Coin: 19986 , Genre: Medals
Requested by: Alex, Tue, 22-Sep-2015 06:50:01 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 23-Sep-2015 01:08:12 GMT
Requester description: 1916 Front: Ali Ben Abi Taleb holding a sword and a palm tree on his left and a mosque on his right with writing on the top and a date on the bottom.
Back: Some written verses of the Holy Quran 'muslim's book'.
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