Morocco 1/2, 1, 5, and 50 Dirhams  1960 to 1975
Morocco 1/2, 1, 5, and 50 Dirhams 1960 to 1975

Hi Janet --

You have a coin from Morocco. Moroccan coins are well known for their Hejira dates. These dates are based on a Mohammedan calendar that started when Mohammed was alive in the 600s AD. Not only is the start of the AH (Hejira) calendar different, but the number of days in a year is based on the lunar cycle, not the solar cycle. An AH date of 1380 is the same as an AD date of 1960. Get the picture?

The coin in our picture comes from B&D World Coins on eBay. It is a beautiful coin in beautiful condition. As such, it is worth between $10 and $20 US dollars. Most other modern dirham coins are worth far less.

There are many diffent types of dirhams with different portraits on the front. We show one additional example, but there are several. They all have the two lions, star, and crown on the back.

As with all modern coins, any value over face value is due to their precious metal content. Of all the different dirham denominations, i.e., 1/2, 1, 5, and 50 dirhams, only a few ar made of precious metal. If you have one of these, great! They are listed below. If your Moroccan dirham does not appear in the list, it is a low-value coin.

1960 (1380) 1 dirham: 0.116 troy ounces silver
1965 (1384) 5 dirhams: 0.272 troy ounces silver
1974 (1394) 1 dirham: 0.136 troy ounces gold (most are copper-nickel)
1975 (1395) 5 dirhams: 0.357 troy ounces silver (most are copper-nickel)
1975 (1395) 5 dirhams: 0.684 troy ounces gold (most are copper-nickel)
1975 (1395) 50 dirhams: 1.041 troy ounces silver
1975 (1395) 50 dirhams: 1.740 troy ounces gold

Coin: 5592 , Genre: Islamic Hindu Buddhist
Requested by: Janet, Sat, 18-Sep-2010 13:08:26 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 26-Jun-2014 22:36:17 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Tue, 24-Mar-2015 15:19:20 GMT
Requester description: 1384 My coin is silver /shiny looking the front has a mans head the dates in the back show 1965-1384 and a picture of two lions with a star in the middle with a royal crown on the top. Plus, at the bottom on the back it shows a 1.
Tags: morocco 1 2 5 50 dirhams dirham silver mans man head two lions lion star royal crown plus feinsilber sliver siver argent silber silverish silb male mens tiger cougar tigers starrs stars royale royalty crowned tiara crowns tiarra crowning tiera starburst coat shield arms burst sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon


I found a small (size of an US dime) it is a Dirham dated 1974-1394. It has a fish and ships wheel and the number5 on it. Can you tell me its composition?
Charles Clausen
- Charles
Charles, it sounds like a base metal coin. If you'd like us to look it up for you, please PRESS HERE to get started. - CoinQuest (Todd)

Hello. I have a 1974 (1394) 1 Dirham coin, which is included in your list. Does that mean it contains the precious metal or could it be just copper nickel? Can I tell the difference by the coin appearance? Thanks. - chris
There is no explicit way to tell copper-nickel from silver except by experience. Take your coin to a coin dealer or coin collector for an in-person appraisal. - CoinQuest (Paul)





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