Morocco 5 Dirhams and 10 Dirhams (AH1315)  1897 to 1900
Morocco 5 Dirhams and 10 Dirhams (AH1315) 1897 to 1900

Chris sent us this picture of his Moroccan coin. This pattern was used between 1315 and 1318AH, where AH means Hejira, a Muslim dating system. Because AH dates start when Mohammed was alive, around 600AD, and because they use 354 days in a year, they seem old to Western minds. In fact, 1315AH is equivalent to 1897AD. Old, but not 1300s old.

Chris has a 5 dirhams piece. The 10 dirhams looks similar, but is bigger:

5 dirhams: 33 mm diameter, 0.391 troy ounces silver
10 dirhams: 39 mm diameter, 0.843 ounces silver

Catalog values for these coins are not too shabby. The 10 dirhams has very low mintage and starts around $150 US dollars in worn condition, rising to $500 in fully uncirculated condition. All dates of the 5 dirhams run about $20 worn and $200 uncirculated. Chris's coin would have a catalog value between these two, probably $70 or so, since it is reported as well preserved with an attractive eye appeal.

Actual values are less than catalog values. To learn how to relate actual to catalog values, please view our Important Terminology page at the link at the upper left

Coin: 2515 , Genre: Islamic Hindu Buddhist
Requested by: Chris, Mon, 04-Jan-2010 21:55:04 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 04-Aug-2013 05:29:07 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 23-Jul-2015 02:59:56 GMT
Requester description: 1317 Lots of squiggles, squares, triangles. Dot in center.
Tags: morocco 5 dirhams dirham 10 ah squiggles squiggle squares square triangles triangle dot center offcenter scribbles swoosh squiggly squigle swirl twirly scribble curlycue swirls squiggley sqiggles swirly suared squarish boxed squared boxes box triagle triangular triange triagles beaded period beading beads pionts point periods dots points bead off centers centered star jewish jew david circle starrs stars judenpfennig circled encircle crrcle cirle circlet ring circles circlr circal citcle encircled ringed circumscibed cirlce circel encircles encircling rings circling cirlces circular cicurling circumscribed rectangle starburst rectangular rectangles burst




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