Syria produced these coins in aluminum as an emergency issue during World War II. Not many survive today, and that drives the price up. There is no date shown on the coin, but 1941 is usually assigned.
The trick is to find a specimen that is in fairly decent condition. Many of the surviving coins are bent, corroded, split, or otherwise damaged. The coin in our picture is in average circulated condition.
Approximate catalog values run like this:
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated: $100
Be sure to read our Important Terminology page to convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values.